In parallel to the TTIP and CETA negotiations, the Juncker Commission launched a new initiative called ‘Better Regulation’. This is in fact an older agenda, which sounds both technocratic and positive but in reality has developed into something that has started to put existing laws under pressure and makes it harder to develop new laws in the public interest. Juncker’s initiative is now taking this agenda significantly further than any Commission before and changing the EU’s governance system through new bodies and initiatives very similar to those being negotiated under TTIP. The purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of the proposals for regulatory cooperation as they are currently being negotiated, the ‘Better Regulation’ proposals the EU is pursuing unilaterally, how these compare to US regulatory reform efforts and the implications this has for the EU’s political space to develop new regulatory initiatives to address well know challenges in the area of environment and development.
See also European Environmental Study: Junker Commission: Political Priorities Revised