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EU decision-making can be difficult to understand. The institutions therefore committed themselves to make the law-making process more simple, transparent and easier to grasp.
The Commission publishes an annual report on better law-making.
to limit the legal acts of the Union to European law, European framework law,
decisions, regulations, recommendations and opinions. The Lisbon Treaty continued all the old regulations
and directives and invented a new legal category of "delegated
In 2013 tthe Commission issued a Communication on the simplification of EU legislation. "Targeted and effective regulation (refit): Achievements and next steps", it was called. It completed a comprehensive screening of all existing EU legislation and explained what had already been done and what further action it would do to simplify and accelerate economic growth and employment.
Communication from the Commission - targeted and effective regulation (refit): Achievements and Next Steps (Com (2013) 685).