01 Jul 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 01 JULYBrussels Daily
College to discuss the future of EU budget own resources with Mario Monti
Today President Jean-Claude Juncker and the College of Commissioners met with Mario Monti, former Italian Prime Minister and former European Commissioner. Mr Monti is here to present the ongoing work of the High-Level Group of Own Resources, which he is chairing and in which First Vice-President Timmermans, Vice-President Georgieva and Commissioner Moscovici also take part. The Group, created at the beginning of 2014, is tasked to review the current way the EU budget is financed and to make recommendations on how to improve it. Mario Monti presented a first report in December 2014 which acknowledges the major obstacles to carry out a reform and aims to find practical solutions, in particular, by enlarging the debate to a comprehensive analysis of the problem, comprising economic, budgetary, institutional and political aspects. This report is a first step with a view to delivering recommendations by end-2016. More information on the report is available here. Background information on the High-Level Group of Own Resources is accessible here.
Opening the doors: new public consultation tools introduced by the Commission
On 19 May the Commission announced a number of new public consultation tools as part of its Better Regulation agenda. Today the Commission implements the first of these measures, introducing new opportunities for stakeholder comments on Commission policy documents and proposals. Firstly, the initial Roadmap or Inception Impact Assessment of any new legislation will be open for comments. This provides an opportunity for citizens and stakeholders to give input very early on in the policy development cycle, before impact assessment and the related 12-weeks public consultation are launched, allowing their views to inform the process from the very beginning. Secondly, after the Commission has adopted a legislative proposal, citizens can again submit their comments, within 8 weeks. These comments will be collected and sent to the co-legislators to inform their legislative work. All submissions will be made public. Citizens can access these new tools through the website Your voice in Europe website.
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