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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 in 2014. These guidelines are intended for internal use in the Commission, but the objective of this consultation is to seek stakeholders' views on the draft revised guidelines.

Policy fields

Institutional affairs

Period of consultation

From 01/07/2014 to 30/09/2014

Consultation document and questionnaire

The questionnaire can be accessed here.

The accompanying consultation document can be accessed herepdf(185 kB) Choose translations of the previous link .

How to submit your contribution

Your contribution should be sent either:

  • online, by filling in the online form here
  • by email to the functional mailbox indicated in the section "Contact details";
  • to the postal address indicated in the same section;
  • .

You may reply in any of the 24 official EU languages. The reply may be published in the language of submission. Replies from organisations not registered in the Transparency Register will be published separately. You may register here.

Contributions will be published on this webpage. Submissions that are clearly marked as "anonymous" will be treated as such and published without personal information.

Submissions indicated as "not for publication" will be treated as such and will not be published. Please read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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

View the contributions received

The contributions will be uploaded per category of respondents as they are received.

In the interest of transparency, organisations are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Next steps

After closure of the public consultation, 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:

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