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Best Practice Library - Impact Assessment

Best Practice Library

(Annex 14 of the Impact Assessment Guidelines)

This library presents those final impact assessment reports identified as current best practise for key issues under each analytical step.


This library will be regularly up-dated and extended.

Key analytical steps - Practical examples of previous IA reports
Analytical step/issueCommission Impact Assessment Report
Problem definition
Nature and extent of the problemEU Mortgage Credit White Paperpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Communication on urban transport security

Vapour recovery during refuelling of cars

EU Framework for Cross-border Crisis Management in the Banking Sector
Establish drivers and underlying causes White Paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules

Capital Requirements Directivepdf(980 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Community strategy against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing

EU Strategy for ship dismantling

Review of the Securities Prospectus Directivepdf
Subsidiarity analysis European Research Infrastructures
Baseline scenario Regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars

Ecodesign requirements for motors and their drivespdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Risk assessment - No case currently selected -
Sensitivity analysis Communication on rail noise abatement measures addressing the existing fleet
Different situation by Member State Amending Council Directive 92/85/EEC on Maternity Leave

Recommendation on the Reform of the Auditors' Liability
Policy context / Overview of existing measures Communication on 'A Common Immigration Policy for Europe: Principles, actions and tools'

Communication on an integrated maritime policy

European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013pdf

European Marine Observation and Data Network
Social impacts State aid to the coal industrypdf(287 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
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Policy objectives
Objectives that correspond to the problem/root causesEU Mortgage Credit White Paperpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Capital Requirements Directivepdf(980 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Cross-border payments in euro

Communication on asylum: an integrated approach to protection accross the EU

Directive on the introduction of a labelling scheme on tyres

Single European railway area (Recast)pdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Objectives established at a number of levels Amendment of the Eurodac Regulation

Communication on enhancing the security of explosives
Overall coherent objectives White Paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules

Cross-border payments in euro
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Policy options
Identification of options Vapour recovery during refuelling of cars

Minimum sanctions to employers of illegally resident third-country nationals

Review of the Securities Prospectus Directivepdf
Screening of option Communication on rail noise abatement measures addressing the existing fleet

Communication preparing the next steps in border management in the EU
Options for delivery mechanism Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network (CIWIN)pdf(570 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Proposal for a Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation

Communication on agricultural product quality policypdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Proportionality White Paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules

Communication on public-private dialogue in security research
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Impact analysis
Distributional impactsPackage of the implementation measures for the EU's objectives on climate change and renewable energy for 2020pdf(1018 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

State aid to the coal industrypdf(287 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Qualitative assessment Amendment of the Eurodac Regulation

Proposal for a Regulation on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)

Revision of Council Framework decision of 13 June 2002 on combating terrorism
Quantitative assessment / monetization Communication on rail noise abatment measures addressing the existing fleet

Creation of a European Rail Freight Oriented Network (only in French)

Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

Regulation on type-approval of motor vehicles and engines with respect to emissions from heavy duty vehicles (EURO VI) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information

Common organisation of the market in wine

Review of the support scheme in the cotton sector

Communication on the results of the review of the Community Strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles

EU-China Near Zero Emissions Coal Plant project

Placing on the market and use of biocidal products
Administrative burden Common organisation of the market in wine

Revision of the regulatory framework for electronic communications and services (European Electronic Communications Market Authority)

Review of the Securities Prospectus Directive

Placing on the market and use of biocidal products
Obstacles to complianceDirective on a single permit for third country workers in Member States ( vol Ipdf(466 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  - vol IIpdf(534 kB) Choose translations of the previous link )
Sensitivity analysis Communication on a strategy for the internalisation of external costs
Risks / uncertainties in policy choicesCommunication on water scarcity and drought

EU Strategy for ship dismantling

Joint Technology Initiative in the area of nanoelectronics "ENIAC"

Joint Technology Initiative in the area of aeronautics and air transport 'Clean Sky'
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Compare the options
Weighing-up of positive / negative impactsCommunication on agricultural product quality policypdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Cost-Benefit analysis Communication on rail noise abatement measures addressing the existing fleet
Cost-Effectiveness analysisPackage of the implementation measures for the EU's objectives on climate change and renewable energy for 2020pdf(1018 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Multi-criteria analysis Communication on a strategy for the internalisation of external costs
Effectiveness of preferred option in achieving objectives EU Mortgage Credit White Paperpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Comparison presentation White Paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules

Visa Information System (VIS)pdf(240 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Reducing CO2 emissions form light commercial vehicles
Ranking / identification of preferred option Proposal for a Directive on the application of patient's rights in cross-border healthcare

Directive on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to units of measurement

New strategy for Youth: Investing and Empowering
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Policy monitoring and evaluation
Progress indicators for the key objectives Action plan on freight transport logisticspdf(273 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Evaluation arrangements Communication 'Preparing the next steps in border management in the EU'

Community strategy against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing

European Marine Observation and Data Network
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Proportionate level of analysis
 Directive on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to units of measurementpdf(211 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

From Cairo to Lisbon - The EU-Africa Strategic Partnership

New strategy for Youth: Investing and Empowering

Ecodesign requirements for household refrigerating appliancespdf(891 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
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Public consultation
Minimum standards Cosmetics Directive

Review of the support scheme in the cotton sector

Joint Programming in Research
Reflection of stakeholder viewsCommunication on agricultural product quality policypdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Ecodesign requirements for household refrigerating appliancespdf(891 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

European Marine Observation and Data Network

State aid to the coal industrypdf(287 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
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Presentation
Executive summary Towards Common principles of Flexicurity: More and better jobs through flexibility and security
Overall length Directive on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) for law enforcement purposes
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