With its policy program “Better Regulation”, the European Commission committed itself to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs and restrictions by evaluating existing and pending regulation and by assessing new policy initiatives. Such an ambitious program requires an ongoing consultation with stakeholders, including private business. In fact “Better regulation” invites private business to actively contribute to improving the regulatory environment in the EU. For companies, such participation is not only to be seen as a corporate social responsibility, it must also be considered as part of an effective governmental relations strategy allowing companies to build up trust relationships with policy makers. In this respect, “Better Regulation” should prove especially attractive to Japanese companies, as they tend to be less well connected with EU institutions when compared with their European competitors.
The conference will look at how Japanese can contribute to and benefit from “Better Regulation”. The first part will present Japanese views on EU regulation. What challenges do Japanese
companies face? How can they represent their interests in EU lawmaking processes? Where are they disadvantaged? In the second part, Vice President Verheugen, will explain what “Better Regulation” wants to achieve and what role Japanese companies can play. During the panel discussion representatives from business, from the Commission and from the Parliament will share their views on why and how corporations should take an active role in the “Better Regulation” program.
The conference is supported by the European Commission, JBCE and JETRO Brussels.
The event is free of charge and willl be held in English.
Please register by fax or E-Mail by 12 November 2007.