On 5 November 2020, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs): Charlie Weimers (ECR), Eugen Jurzyca (ECR), Derk Jan Eppink (ECR), Bert-Jan Ruissen (ECR), Jorge Buxadé Villalba (ECR) and Gunnar Beck (ID), posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:
“In the working methods of the European Commission presented in December 2019, President von der Leyen instructed the Commission to implement the ‘one in, one out’ principle for all upcoming legislation.
The successful and aggressive implementation of such policies has contributed positively to economic growth and job creation by stemming the flow of regulation, red tape and bureaucratic burden, while increasing the chances that non-regulatory methods of achieving policy goals are considered.
Considering the abovesaid facts, can the Commission:
1. confirm that the ‘one in, one out’ policy has been ‘applied coherently across the Commission services’, as promised by President von der Leyen?
2. provide an update on the state of play of the new instrument it promised to put in place to implement the ‘one in, one out’ principle for all upcoming legislation?
3. provide a full account of all legislation (regulations, directives, decisions and implementing decisions) enacted and repealed during the first year in office of the von der Leyen Commission?”
On 3 February 2021, Vice-President Šefčovič responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “The Commission is committed to apply the ‘one-in, one-out’ approach coherently across all policy areas. With the 2021 Commission work programme, the von der Leyen Commission moves from strategy to delivery.
Initiatives are being prepared to follow up on last year’s strategies and action plans and to put them into operation. The Commission will report on the progress of applying the ‘one-in, one-out’ approach in its Annual Burden Survey, which will be published early 2021.
The details of the ‘one-in, one-out’ approach will be spelled out in the upcoming Communication on Better Regulation and the subsequent revision of the Better Regulation Guidelines and Better Regulation Toolbox.
The approach is neither mechanical nor intended to lower protection standards. It will be based on better regulation tools: impact assessments, evaluations and public consultations.
This approach will complement the REFIT programme and will be based on the methodology already applied for many years in the context of the Commission’s Better Regulation policy. The Commission already collects information on costs and benefits associated with every new legislative proposal adopted and reports them in impact assessments.
EUR-LEX gives full account of EU legislation enacted and repealed per year.”
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