Setting law-making priorities

Every autumn, the Commission sets its policy priorities for the upcoming year in the Commission work programme. On this basis it agrees with the Council and the European Parliament on top legislative priorities that are included in an annual joint declaration.

Commission work programme

Joint declaration on the EU's legislative priorities for 2018-2019

Joint declaration on the EU's legislative priorities for 2017

Interinstitutional agreement on better law-making

Planning and proposing law

As part of the better regulation agenda, individuals, businesses and stakeholder groups can track Commission initiatives at all stages of the process.

Track planned European Commission initiatives

Recently published roadmaps and impact assessments describing new initiatives or evaluations

Database of impact assessment reports and opinions of the regulatory scrutiny board

Database of European Commission expert groups

Adopting the law

Interested parties can follow the progress on Commission initiatives through both the EU and national legislative processes. This starts from their initial launch through to negotiations in the European Parliament and Council and finishes with their final adoption and incorporation into national law.

Non-essential amendments to EU initiatives that don't need to go through the full law-making process, called delegated and implementing acts, can also be tracked through the various stages of their development.

European Commission proposals for new laws and their impact assessments

Track the life cycle of a proposed new law

Database of national parliament opinions and European Commission replies

Interinstitutional register of delegated acts

Comitology register for implementing acts

Applying EU law

It is also possible to find what measures countries take to incorporate EU legislation into national law and track infringement procedures taken by the European Commission against EU countries.

National implementing measures

Database of infringement decisions

Evaluating and improving existing laws

The European Commission continuously evaluates whether EU laws are meeting the needs of citizens and business at minimum cost. Evaluations, fitness checks, and the REFIT programme make existing EU laws simpler and less burdensome to apply.

To help facilitate this there is also the REFIT Platform, which brings together senior experts from business, social partners, civil society and EU countries to advise the Commission on how to make EU legislation more efficient and effective while reducing burden and supporting policy objectives. 

Simplifying EU laws through the REFIT Platform

Planned evaluations and studies - 2015 onwards

Evaluation results in European Commission staff working documents

Reports by external consultants