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DG ECFIN undertakes many varied activities, some internal, such as economic forecasting, others external, such as financial assistance to member state and candidate countries. Evaluations help ensure that these activities are the right ones, that they achieve the intended results, and that they represent value for money.

The European Commission is committed to evaluating all EU activities intended to have an impact on society or the economy. Evaluations enable the Commission to gather evidence to assess how well an EU intervention has performed against its original objectives and draw conclusions on whether it continues to be justified, or should be modified. Evaluation is therefore an essential part of the decision-making process.

Commission evaluations follow the principles outlined in the Better Regulation Guidelines.

Evaluation in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN)

In 2003 ECFIN established an evaluation function with the aim of ensuring that evaluations commissioned or conducted by the DG provide both high quality and timely information to support the DG's operations. The results of these evaluations are used to improve the performance of future activities and to inform policy and decision making. 

The ECFIN evaluation function is centralised in Sector A.1.2  "Policy, strategy and planning". Sector A.1.2 leads on planning and overseeing the implementation of all evaluation activities.

Evaluation across ECFIN mostly covers the following areas:

  • Economic policy instruments
  • Macro-financial assistance to third countries
  • Activities aimed at providing services and products to internal and external users
  • Information and communication actions


European Commission
Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs
Unit A1.2 "Policy, strategy and planning"
Mrs Christine Frayne
Mr Andrew Winter
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. switchboard: +32 (0)2 299 11 11

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