'Better regulation': better for whom?

11 September 2017

The European Commission's 'Better Regulation' agenda, through its emphasis on co- and self-regulation and on burden reduction, undermines progress in the EU and may present an obstacle to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This publication – originally a chapter from a report on the implementation of the 2030 agenda in and by Germany – argues that Europe urgently needs to take action in order to ensure a sustainable future for people and the planet, and the EU's commitment to the Paris climate Agreement and to the the implementation of the SDGs go part of the way towards acknowledging this. However, any progress may be undermined by the 'Better Regulation Agenda' which risks putting short-term economic interests before public interests, becoming a significant obstacle to a more sustainable future.

The original text in German is available here.