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Ex post evaluations

Ex post evaluations are used throughout the European Commission to assess whether a specific intervention was justified and whether it worked (or is working) as expected in achieving its objectives and why.

Ex post evaluations also look for unintended effects (i.e. those which were not anticipated at the time of the IA or SIA) and look for evidence of causality.

Ongoing evaluations

Evaluation of the CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement

Evaluation of the trade component of the EU's Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements with six Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia)

Interim evaluation of the EU Regulation No 978/2012 on a scheme of generalised tariff preferences (GSP Regulation)

Completed evaluations

Evaluation of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and its Member States and the Republic of Korea

Ex post evaluation of the implementation of the EU – Mexico Free Trade Agreement

Evaluation of Council Regulation (EC) No 953/2003 to avoid trade diversion into the European Union of certain key medicines

How are the evaluations carried out?

Better Regulation Agenda

The Better Regulation Agenda is about designing and evaluating EU policies and laws transparently.

Evaluations are prepared by Commission services in accordance with the related Better Regulation Guidelines and Better Regulation Toolbox. Results of the evaluation work are summarised in a Commission Staff Working document.

When part, or all of, the evaluation work was outsourced to an external consultant, their evaluation report is published as well.