There can be absolutely no doubt here – this has to be the most important news event of the week: the EU commission is to give "citizens", businesses and non-governmental organisations at least 12 weeks to comment on plans for new policies and legislation, compared to eight weeks previously.
Readers will be delighted to know that this will make it easier for them to get involved in EU policy-making at an early stage. And what is more, this is added to the policy of creating "smart regulation", where the commission aims at involving citizens and businesses in the legislative process "to ensure that it takes all relevant evidence and concerns into account when drafting a legislative proposal".
So there you are. Who needs democracy when you have the commission looking after your interests? How can anything go wrong?