I wanted to put down in one easy chart how the Commission adopts ordinary legislation. This is the chart I came up with.
The advantage of the Better Regulation rules is that the process for adopting a legislative proposal is quite straightforward.
First, you have to go through the Better Regulation guidelines and toolbox. If you don’t want to go through that, I have added a process chart.
Second, you need know who is involved in the Inter-service Steering Group and the Inter-Service Consultation at the Services and Cabinet level. You are going to need to know max around 50 people. That’s a lot less than 200 + people you need to know when it goes to the ordinary legislation stage
Third, around a year after the political validation for the work to start, and the first road map/inception impact assessment, you are likely to see a legislative proposal being adopted.
Fourth, to be honest, the smoke signals that regulation in your area is likely to be seen many months and years before political validation. The only excuse for not seeing the signs is long term hospitalisation or political hibernation. After 25 years I have not yet encountered a piece of legislative action that “came out of the blue”. As soon as the smoke signals are seen, and hopefully before, your work developing your case and story will start.
Finally, that gives you a few months to get your facts and story in a line to persuade 50 people that your solutions are the best and get them to back your side of the story.