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POSITIONS 18 October 2021

AIM co-signs cross-industry joint statement for a European Agenda for evidence-based and better policy-making

AIM, the European Brands Association, co-signed a Cross-Industry Joint Statement on Better Regulation, together with more than 20 other trade associations representing different European industrial sectors, calling for a European Agenda for evidence-based and better policy-making.

In their joint statement, signatories strongly welcome the principles and objectives of the European Commission Better Regulation Communication published in April 2021, but put forward recommendations to the EU policy-makers to further improve the European policy-making process ahead of the upcoming policy and legislative initiatives:

  • EU legislation to be developed fully on the basis of and supported by evidence and thorough impact assessments;
  • Sufficient time and resources to be allocated at all phases of the decision-making process, so as to ensure sound policy decisions;
  • Consultations to be conducted via thorough process, involving expert input from all relevant stakeholders, and allow for sufficient time to provide feedback;
  • Key regulatory provisions such as definitions and scope to be agreed upon and clearly defined at a primary legislative stage, rather than through implementing acts or guidance documents, to prevent the adoption of diverging and disproportionate national measures and EU market fragmentation;
  • EU legislation to be implemented and enforced in a harmonised way safeguarding the Single Market. If applicable, legal requirements that need specific verification procedures by authorities must be verifiable through established methods, including the timely listing in the Official Journal of references to the harmonised standards;
  • The impact on innovation to be considered in all legislative initiatives to ensure future-proof policy-making;