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Science & governance - Setting guidelines for experts

The Commission has worked on a set of guidelines on the use of expertise for policy making, with the aim of encapsulating and promoting good practices related to all stages of Commission policy-making. This initiative responds to a commitment made in the White Paper on European Governance (PDF file - 178 Kb), reiterated in the Science and Society Action Plan (PDF file - 392 Kb).

The objective is to help Commission departments mobilise and exploit the most appropriate expertise, with a view to establishing a sound knowledge base for better policies. The second objective is to uphold the Commission's determination that the process of collecting and using expert advice should be credible. Guidelines founded on the core principles of quality, openness and effectiveness were adopted by the Commission 11 December 2002.

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