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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 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)

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

Completed evaluations

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

Monitoring the Implementation & Results of the CARIFORUM EU EPA Agreement

Evaluation of DG Trade’s Civil Society Dialogue in order to assess its effectiveness, efficiency and relevance

Evaluation on Communication Targets and Methods for Disseminating Information on Trade Policy Areas and Activities through IT & Electronic Communication Channels

Evaluation of the economic impact of the trade pillar of the EU-Chile Association Agreement

Evaluation of the European Union's Trade Defence Instruments (TDI)

Evaluation of the Commission's Market Access Database

Evaluation of the IPR Enforcement Strategy in Third Countries

Mid-term Evaluation of the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences

Evaluation of Trade's communication strategy

Evaluation of the Export Helpdesk

Evaluation of the Civil Society Dialogue

Evaluation of EC Trade Defence Instruments

Interim evaluation of the EU's Trade Barriers Regulation

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.