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 advantages and disadvantages of a policy choice. It explains why action should be taken at EU level and why the proposed response is appropriate. It may also find that no action should be taken at EU level.
Once the Secretariat General, the Impact Assessment Board and the Commission decide that an impact assessment is needed, a roadmap is drawn up that sets out the planned work.
Impact assessments are prepared for: