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.
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.
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.
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.
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.