The symposium seeks to unveil the meaning of the concept of ‘better regulation’ and provide a critical reflection on the legal, institutional and political dimensions of this important move to overhaul the way policy and law are made in Europe. The revamped use of the EU legislative initiative raises salient questions of relations between EU institutions in the lawmaking processes, of their day-to-day implementation and, crucially, of the added value of common action in general. Classic principles of ensuring legislative quality, such as enacting general rules instead of furthering piecemeal regulation, respecting the standards of consistency, accessibility, transparency and clarity beg renewed attention. So does the improvement of the impact assessment system and the role of science in law making. Furthermore, the EU institutions’ respect for the rule of law, proportionality, subsidiarity and the Charter of Fundamental Rights as the overriding rulebook for EU legislation need to be addressed. To what extent are these legal values part and parcel of the better regulation initiative and will better regulation produce a higher quality of legislation that sets the legal ground for greater economic growth to the benefit of both business and citizens?
The ‘50 Years of Asser’ EU Law Symposium brings policy makers from Union institutions and Member States together with academics and practitioners for a discussion of the way forward in enhancing EU legislation in ways that are efficient, sustainable and uphold basic legal values of the EU and the Member States.
Keynote speakers: Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Piet Hein Donner, Vice President of the Netherlands Council of State
Other confirmed speakers and chairs include: Professor Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris and New York University; Jenő Czuczai, Legal Adviser, Legal Service of the Council; Wybe Douma, Senior Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Elizabeth Golberg, Director for Smart Regulation and Work Programme, European Commission Secretariat; Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin, President of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut; AG Niilo Jääskinen, Court of Justice of the EU; Davor Jancic, Senior Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Professor Arjen Meij, Visiting Research Fellow, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Professor Anne Meuwese, University of Tilburg; Professor Janne Nijman, Academic Director, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Ricardo Passos, Director for Institutional and Parliamentary Affairs, European Parliament Legal Service; Professor Annette Schrauwen, University of Amsterdam; Professor Linda Senden, University of Utrecht; Axel Singhofen, MEP; Marlou Smulders, Policy Officer for European Integration, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Professor Ellen Vos, Maastricht University.