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Better regulation for new technologies
Regulation may foster or hinder research and innovation. How it does so depends on compliance cost, commercial risk impact and legal certainty. Moreover, the timing and the capacity to accommodate alternative technical solutions need to be taken into consideration.
Under the ‘Better regulation’ initiative for improving Community legislation, competitiveness tests are now applied to all new Community legislative proposals as part of ex-ante impact assessment. In this frame, the effects of proposals on research and innovation are assessed whenever relevant.
The Commission is also promoting a more pro-active approach to regulation and standardisation, to identify issues where existing legislation and standards, or their absence, constitute obstacles to the development of new technologies.
To that end, the Commission is stepping up its dialogue with stakeholders notably through the use of European Technology Platforms.
The work of Technology Platforms is complemented for innovation aspects by the Europe INNOVA Initiative. The Europe INNOVA Initiative is a family of sectoral innovation projects bringing together analysis and practical experience. It has been launched end 2005 and includes:
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