Gold plating and Law Making II – The last RIA

In the framework of the EU legislation, the claim for “gold plating”, i.e., that claim that a Member State pass extra regulation, piling their own regulative purposes on top of EU goals, is not easy to assess. Both the political reasons and the actual impacts may not be simple to identify and even less simple to estimate.
When looking to a possible “gold plating” situation, questions must be raised regarding: national sovereignty, individual, national and supranational political objectives and behaviours; national regulatory practices, standards and objectives; neutrality and the impact on welfare and competitiveness of countries; regulatory transparency and the relation between regulator and regulated in a multilevel regulation framework.
Aware of this difficulties, our objective will be to discuss how to assess “gold plating?” and what might be the role of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) methodology in this analysis.