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The resolution says that impact assessments, which are carried out by the Commission before proposals are adopted in order to predict their impact on markets and society, should have more involvement by industry stakeholders. Consultation with these stakeholders should take place at an earlier stage in the drafting process than happens now, “so that their input can be taken into consideration when impact assessments are being prepared”. The resolution passed by a large majority and was supprted by the European People’s Party, Socialists and Democrats, ALDE, and European Conservatives and Reformists groups. Markus Pieper, the EPP MEP who led work on the resolution, said the Commission must “get serious about scrapping unnecessary laws”The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for more stringent impact assessments before EU legislation is proposed. But there was opposition from some MEPs, who said it will lead to deregulation and a lowering of protection for EU citizens. The resolution, passed yesterday (27 November), backs an idea set out in theStoiber ‘red tape report’ – drawn up by a high-level group chaired by Edmund Stoiber, former minister- president of Bavaria – from earlier this year, calling for the creation a high-level advisory body on better regulation. The Parliament’s resolution says that the internal impact assessment board within the European Commission should “not [be] subject to political control” and that new laws “should not be adopted unless accompanied by a positive opinion” from the board.
“If Jean-Claude Juncker wants the EU to be big on big things and small on small questions, then this must be reflected in the internal checks and balances as well,” he said.
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