EU governance towards a future proof EU based on values and focused on results

A future-proof, effective and robust European Union

The Netherlands wants a future-proof, effective and robust European Union, an EU of results and values. An EU that is accountable and gives and takes responsibility. The rule of law, the functioning of the EU institutions and agencies, subsidiarity and transparency are, amongst others, essential for a well-functioning EU and should be included in the Strategic Agenda.

Key points regarding the functioning of the EU for the coming legislature Union of values are:

  • Rule of law is a key priority. The EU instruments need to be protected and if possible enhanced.
  • Constant monitoring of the functioning of the EU to ensure it delivers through:
  • Pressing forward with the clustering model as introduced in 2014 with the aim to come to a comprehensive working method.
  • As guardian of the treaties, the Commission must objectively safeguard compliance with the rules.
  • Implementation and enforcement: Member States (good governance) and the Commission (objective enforcement) have to improve implementation and enforcement.
  • Better Regulation – Subsidiarity and proportionality should be permanently embedded in the Commission’s working methods and ambitions.
  • Governance of EU agencies needs to be reviewed.
  • Transparency: open up the EU decision making process, without compromising the necessary space to think.
  • National parliaments: explore possibilities for an informal ‘green card’ and extend the deadline for national parliaments to submit opinions concerning the subsidiarity principle.

Better Implementation

Guaranteeing follow-up of regulations is crucial

Over the last decades a lot of institutional energy has been consumed by bringing about new regulation. At the same time surprisingly limited attention has been given to actually guaranteeing follow-up.  Unclear, unspecific or incomplete directives and regulations hamper uniform implementation and enforcement. Better Implementation relies on both Commission (enforcement) and Member States (good governance). Enforcement must be based on impartial, objective and evidence-based information to ensure uniform application. A strong EU consists of strong Member States delivering on the promise of our joint action. Implementation issues have arisen in a large number of fields. We no longer have the luxury of putting regulation first and implementation second. Please share your examples under #ImplementBetter.