Before making proposals for new laws, the Commission carries out impact assessments and consults widely with interested parties.
When starting work on a new law or initiative, the Commission's first step is to assess the potential economic, social and environmental consequences through 'Impact assessments' which:
Public consultations with stakeholders and interested parties are the main channel for collecting the evidence and opinions needed to produce proposals suitable for an EU made up 28 countries, to test out ideas and to build consensus.
At various stages of the law-making procedure, the Commission must:
Private individuals, businesses and organisations can participate in the consultation procedure via the public consultations website.
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