Making EU legislation more accessable - William Robinson

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Making EU legislation more accessable - William Robinson

  1. 1. Making EU legislation more accessible William Robinson, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London Lisbon , 13 October 2010
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. Why is it so important? 500 million EU citizens Global impact Volume of EU rules 5
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  7. 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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