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Step 2. BRIGHT relevance

This step is about assessing whether the issues and bottlenecks you have identified in the brainstorm sessions are appropriate for the EU Better Regulation Agenda (BRA) and subsequently for the BRIGHT-tool. The first aspect we need to take a look at is to see whether your issue area falls under the EU competence. Additional aspects of categorisation and selection of bottlenecks will be discussed in phase 2 of the BRIGHT-tool.


Better Regulation Agenda

The Better Regulation Agenda of 2015 was announced through a communication by the

The Communication on Better Regulation for Better Results – An EU Agenda was issued in 2015 by the Juncker Commission. The Communication was part of the so-called Better Regulation Package, which also entailed better regulation guidelines, toolbox, another Commission Communication on a new Inter-Institutional Agreement, various decisions on the REFIT-programme and the establishment of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board.

Commission. The BRA introduced continuous stakeholder involvement throughout the EU policy-making cycle. By using these consultation opportunities, it is possible to make your voice heard on issues regarding EU legislation that matters to you. However, before we move to this step, we need to assess and select if your collected bottlenecks are appropriate for the BRA. In other words: is your issue BRIGHT-relevant?

If the focus group already revealed that your issue originates from an EU regulation, directive or other EU legislation, you can move on to Phase 2 Zooming in.


Assessing EU competence

Whether your issue can be addressed through the BRA is an essential step in the BRIGHT-tool. This starts with the assessment of EU competence . Whether the EU has the competence to

Competence is set out in the Treaty on the Function of the EU, more specifically in articles two through six. Exclusive (art. 3 TFEU) and shared (art. 4 TFEU) competencies are the areas in which the EU has a right to legislate.

legislate depends on the principal area of your bottleneck.  If your issue does not fall under these areas, your issue is likely not something which can be addressed in the Better Regulation Agenda through use of the BRIGHT-tool


To do: Assess whether your issue falls under EU competence


Now that we have ascertained whether your collected bottlenecks fall under EU-competence, we can move on to the next phase: Zooming in. In this phase, you will start to single-out your specific problem within EU legislation.