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Evaluation

The Commission regularly evaluates EU actions (policies, legislation, trade agreements and financial programmes).

Purpose & methodology

Evaluations are an essential part of the decision making process. They are required under the Financial Regulationpdf(4 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  and carried out according to evaluation standards.pdf(109 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

From the standards, the Commission derives guidelines for its staff to use during the evaluation process – including guidance on fitness checkspdf(106 kB) Choose translations of the previous link , which assess whether the regulatory framework for a policy sector is fit for purpose.

Evaluation results are fed into the Commission Work Programme Choose translations of the previous link  and disseminated to the European Parliament, the Council and spending administrative authorities.

For legislation specifically, the Commission's REFIT Choose translations of the previous link  regulatory fitness and performance programme identifies opportunities for simplifying existing legislation Choose translations of the previous link  and reducing administrative burdens. Choose translations of the previous link 

Planning

Evaluations are planned on a multi-annual basis.

Forward planning of evaluations – 2014 & beyondpdf(182 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Contact

European Commission
Secretariat-General
Unit SG.C.1 – Evaluation, Regulatory Fitness and Performance
Berlaymont 06/391
200 Rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

SG-EVALUATION-AND-SIMPLIFICATION@ec.europa.eu

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