A high-level panel discussion on the European Commission’s Better Regulation agenda and how it translates into competitiveness and jobs. The debate will feature key business and policy stakeholders and will be followed by a networking reception and walking dinner.
The Better Regulation agenda has a very clear and worthwhile goal: to reduce EU bureaucracy and excessive governmental involvement in the policy making process and of course business activity. The key question is how the agenda will influence companies and their operations. Clearly, if Better Regulation impacts businesses across all sectors, the voice of business needs to be heard in the policy making process. All stakeholders should be included in the building of effective Better Regulation policies.
Businesses want regulation that helps markets work effectively but are concerned about ‘red tape’ that stifles innovation and raises prices. Consumers want safe products that do what they’re meant to do, at a price they can afford. Our societies have a range of other objectives from promoting a healthy and productive population to enabling people to make informed choices about the way they live their lives, and encouraging economic prosperity.
Regulators must achieve the right balance so as to deliver the best outcome on each count. The debate on Better Regulation will bring together the voices of key stakeholders in this debate, as it is being played out in the EU.
Confirmed panellists include:
- Sajjad Karim, Member of the European Parliament
- Ben Townsend, Vice-President, Head of EU Affairs, Japan Tobacco International
- Gerald Mason, Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle Sugars
- Dennis Kredler, Director EU Affairs, Head of Brussels Office, Dow Chemical
- Sanja Fabrio, Principal, Strategic Government Affairs
Moderator: James Stevens, British Chamber of Commerce EU Committee Chair
- 16:30 Guest Registration and Coffee & Cake break
- 17:00-19:00 Panel Debate and Questions
- 19:00-20:30 Cocktail Reception and Walking Dinner