The Commission carries out evaluations to check how well EU policies and initiatives achieve the set objectives and assess what can be improved in the future.

Evaluations are carried out systematically to support decision-making.

They can:

  • generate useful information for planning, designing and implementing EU policies, showing if and where existing approaches need to be changed;
  • support the legitimacy of decisions and the accountability of decision-makers;
  • improve transparency and democratic accountability;
  • demonstrate where there is added value of action at EU level;
  • identify opportunities for simplification and reduction of regulatory burdens.

Any significant Commission proposal for a new or revised measure must be based on an evaluation of the existing situation /policy framework – this also serves as the basis for the impact assessment.

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