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Monday, 3 February 2014 - Strasbourg Revised edition

29th annual report on monitoring the application of EU law (2011) - EU regulatory fitness and subsidiarity and proportionality - better lawmaking (debate)

  Amelia Andersdotter (Verts/ALE). - Madam President, Parliament’s reports show that there is still much to be done for better lawmaking and I would like to thank everyone, especially all my colleagues in the European Parliament, for the work that they have done in this field.

But I would like to raise with the Commissioner the large and arbitrary changes in digital policies which have been initiated and supported by the Commission in recent years. Parliament understands that both Member States and industry are perplexed by the rushed telecoms proposals. They diverge from previous policy in this field and have not arrived at this House well prepared. In the same policy field, the European Commission is, in the e-Identification and Trust Services Regulation, just now encouraging Members of Parliament to pursue trustmarks, despite the overwhelming evidence from the European Commission over ten years, as well as from the European Parliament policy department study by the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, that shows that this is not a useful endeavour to engage with at European level.

I would like to call upon the Commission to help Parliament with evidence-based policy making, rather than going about in all sorts of directions and not helping the Parliament with such an endeavour.

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