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Being informed about EU legislation: new online register

Eugene Eteris, RSU/BC, Riga, 15.12.2017.Print version
To better inform wide public and business about contemporary EU decision-making process, a new common online register is being launched at the end of December 2017. Anyone can now easily search and find delegated acts linked to certain economic sectors. It also allows users to subscribe and receive notifications about the development of specific delegated acts which they are interested in.

In March 2016, the three EU legislative institutions agreed on an Interinstitutional Agreement (IIA) on Better Law-Making, based on a European Commission proposal, presented in May 2015 Better Regulation Agenda. The agreement see in:


This agreement set out changes across the full policy-making cycle, from consultations and impact assessment to adoption, implementation and evaluation of EU legislation. Under the Interinstitutional Agreement, the three Institutions committed to set up by the end of 2017 a joint functional register of delegated acts, providing information in a well-structured and user-friendly way, in order to enhance transparency, facilitate planning and enable traceability of all the different stages in the lifecycle of a delegated act.


Present online register delivers on this commitment.


European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans underlined that by launching the new online register, the EU decision-making is becoming more transparent while opening up the process of adopting technical rules to implement common European policies.


President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said that the register would enable citizens to follow the decision-making process on delegated acts, which often seem technical, but can be politically sensitive as well. The register answers to the demand of bringing the EU decision-making closer to citizens.


On behalf of the Estonian Presidency of the Council, Estonian deputy minister for EU affairs, Matti Maasikas said that in this way the EU decision-making process would be both more accessible for citizens and would make it easier for people to follow the adoption of delegated acts are adopted. 

New online register

Delegated acts are used to supplement or amend the EU laws in much quicker way than “ordinary” regulations, directives and decisions. They are most common in the areas of economic development, agriculture, environment and public health, as well as the single market and trade spheres.

They are often used as a form of secondary legislation in order, for example, to update technical requirements in legislation. Parliament and the Council empower the Commission to draft delegated acts, which are then submitted to them. Parliament and Council are able to reject draft delegated acts. The time limit for transposition of directives will be as short as possible and, generally, will not exceed two years (art. 42 of the agreement).


The new Interinstitutional Register of Delegated Acts offers a complete overview of the lifecycle of the “quick” decision-making process. It allows users to search and follow the development of delegated acts from the planning/draft stage conducted by the European Commission, up until the final publication in the Official Journal.


The register illustrates the various steps taken by the European Parliament and the Council as well as the work of Commission expert groups involved in the preparation of delegated acts. The Register increases transparency of the decision-making process as it offers a one-stop-shop for delegated acts where all relevant information can be easily found.  It also allows users to subscribe and receive notifications about the development of specific delegated acts which they are interested in.


More information on: = Register of Delegated Acts; = Inter-Institutional Agreement on Better Law-Making; = Flyer on the Register of Delegated Acts.

Reference: Commission press release in

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