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Impact Assessment

Impact Assessment

Before the European Commission proposes a new initiative, it evaluates the potential economic, social and environmental consequences.

An impact assessment gives decision-makers evidence regarding the need for EU action and the advantages and disadvantages of alternative policy choices. It may also find that no action should be taken at EU level.

Impact assessments are prepared for Commission initiatives expected to have significant direct economic, social or environmental impacts. These can be:

  • legislative proposals
  • non-legislative initiatives (white papers, action plans, financial programmes, negotiating guidelines for international agreements) that define future policies
  • implementing measures and delegated acts

Planning of impact assessments is communicated to the public via so-called roadmaps

Stakeholders are consulted on all key aspects of impact assessments and final impact assessment reports are public