Concerns About the Quality of EU Legislation: What Kind of Problem, by What Kind of Standards?

37 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2009 Last revised: 9 Nov 2009

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Wim J. M. Voermans

Leiden University - Leiden Law School

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Over the last decade the interest in the quality of EU legislative instruments has surged due to serious threats to the effectiveness of the legislation. This contribution makes an inventory of the policies and instruments that have been put into place to improve quality of legislation and assesses their character, orientation and effectiveness. Any appraisal of these policies, so the paper argues, is dependent on a perception of the basic functions attributed to EU legislative instruments and the standards derived from it. The paper concludes that the present policies and instruments for better lawmaking have the ability to promote regulatory quality, but not necessarily overall legislative quality.

Keywords: EU legislative instruments policies

Suggested Citation

Voermans, Wim, Concerns About the Quality of EU Legislation: What Kind of Problem, by What Kind of Standards? (2009). Erasmus Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492104

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