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Making EU legislation more accessable - William Robinson

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  • 1. Making EU legislation more accessible
    William Robinson, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London
    Lisbon , 13 October 2010
  • 2. 2
    Calls for accessible EU law
    European Council, Birmingham, 1992:
    “We want Community legislation to be clearer and simpler”
    Intergovernmental Conference, Amsterdam, 1997:
    “the quality of drafting of Community legislation is crucial if it is to be properly implemented by the competent national authorities and better understood by the public and in business circles”
  • 3. 3
    What has already been done?
    Agreement on quality of drafting, 1998
    Guideline 1: “acts shall be drafted clearly, simply and precisely”
    Joint Practical Guide, 2000
    Agreement on better lawmaking, 2003
    Clear Writing Campaign 2010
  • 4. What’s so difficult?
    23 official languages
    All equally authentic
    Autonomous concepts
    27 Member States
    Negotiated law
    Long, multi-level drafting process
    4
  • 5. Why is it so important?
    500 million EU citizens
    Global impact
    Volume of EU rules
    5
  • 6. 6
  • 7. 7
    What can be done?
    Package of measures:
    Specialist drafters
    Training in legislative skills
    Computers
    Vetting body
    Binding requirement that EU legislation be clear and accessible
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