The Commission already consults citizens and other stakeholders on all major policy initiatives. But it is planning to consult more frequently and more effectively, at all stages of the policy-making process.
Why does the Commission consult?
Opening up policy making can help the EU to become more transparent, accountable, and effective. Those affected by laws understand better than anyone what impact they have, and can provide useful evidence to improve them. The Commission is also required to consult under the Treaty on European Union (Article 11 and Protocol No 2).
Public online consultations are systematically part of the consultation strategy for:
- Initiatives subject to impact assessments
- Initiatives subject to Evaluation and Fitness checks
- Green Papers (policy discussion documents)
All public consultations are accessible via the "Your voice in Europe" portal.
These consultations are open for a period of 12 weeks.
Following the new Better Regulation package, stakeholders and the public at large will also be able to give feedback even earlier in the policy-making process:
- on roadmaps and inception impact assessments
- on legislative proposals (for 8 weeks after their adoption)
- on draft delegated acts and important implementing acts (for a 4-week period).
Civil Dialogue Groups
Civil dialogue groups assist the Commission and help to hold a regular dialogue on all matters relating to the Common Agricultural Policy, including rural development, and its implementation.
The groups are composed of at least European-level non-governmental organisations, including representative associations, socio-economic interest groups, civil society organisations and trade unions.