Eric Van den Abeele

Associate Researcher


Eric Van Den Abeele is senior lecturer at the University of Mons-Hainaut, Visiting professor at the IHECS (Brussels) and associate researcher at the European Trade Union Institute. He is an expert on the political and administrative workings of European machinery and is the author of several books.

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Better Regulation

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‘One-in, one-out’ in the European Union legal system: a deceptive reform?

The issue of burden and cost reduction, both regulatory and administrative, has become a leitmotif that regularly appears at the table of the European Council. In this respect, the "one in, one out" regulatory compensation system, which consists of replacing any new cost linked to a legislative initiative with the removal of an existing one, is a... Find out more

The European Union versus the Better Regulation Agenda

This report critically examines progress on the European Union’s ‘Better Regulation Agenda’. Although originally intended to simplify the EU’s legislation and improve its quality, there are suspicions that the Agenda has been hijacked to be used as a tool to make companies more competitive. The author argues that this risks further fueling... Find out more

The ‘variable geometry’ approach to ‘better legislation’

This Policy Brief takes the measure of the EU Commission's ‘better legislation’ programme, attempting not only to identify its general thrust but also to reveal its inner contradictions. In the first three sections, the author examines aspects of the exercise taken as a whole, after which he illustrates his concerns by scrutinising one emblematic... Find out more

'Better regulation': a bureaucratic simplification with a political agenda

This Working Paper aims to shed light on the machinations behind recent developments regarding the Better Regulation agenda. How should we interpret the Commission’s insistence on relentlessly attacking its own legislation? Why does it constantly refer to the costs, yet never once mention the benefits? Eric van de Abeele, who has already written... Find out more