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Public consultation on the revision of the Commission's Impact Assessment Guidelines

Public consultation on the revision of the Commission's Impact Assessment guidelines

Objective of the consultation

The European Commission is determined to meet policy goals at minimum cost, benefitting citizens, businesses and workers while avoiding all unnecessary regulatory burden. To achieve this, the Commission employs a wide set of smart regulation tools. Impact assessment is one such tool, operating at the early stage of the policy cycle, when new proposals are being developed. It contributes to the quality of policy-making by ensuring that Commission initiatives and proposals for EU legislation are prepared on the basis of transparent, comprehensive and balanced evidence on the nature of the problem to be addressed, the added value of EU action and the cost and benefits of alternative courses of action for all stakeholders.

The Commission's Impact Assessment system has undergone continuous strengthening and improvement since it was set up in 2002, with the publication of guidelines in 2009 and complementary guidance on various categories of impacts (e.g. competitiveness and micro-enterprises, fundamental rights, social and territorial impacts) since then. Building on experience gained, the Commission has committed to revise its Impact Assessment guidelines. These guidelines are intended for internal use in the Commission, but the objective of the consultation was to seek stakeholders' views on the draft revised guidelines.

Policy fields

Institutional affairs

Period of consultation

From 01/07/2014 to 30/09/2014. The consultation is closed.

Consultation document

The accompanying consultation document can be accessed herepdf(190 kB) Choose translations of the previous link .

Contact details

Responsible service: European Commission, Secretariat-General, Unit SG C2 – "Impact Assessment"

Functional mailbox:

Postal address:
European Commission
Secretariat-General – Unit SG C2 "Impact Assessment"
BERL 6/29
Rue de la Loi 200
1040 Brussels

Results of the consultation

The Commission thanks all participants who took part in its public consultation.

The main findings of the public consultationpdf(750 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  are now available.

View the contributions received

Please click here Choose translations of the previous link  to view the contributions received.

Next steps

The Commission will analyse and process the replies received. Based on the outcome of the public consultation, the Commission will finalise the revision of its Impact Assessment guidelines and make them public on Europa.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

More background information can be found on the Commission’s Impact Assessment website: Choose translations of the previous link 

A public consultation is carried out in parallel on the Commission's guidelines for stakeholder consultation, which can be accessed here Choose translations of the previous link .