Evaluations assess the performance of EU action. During an evaluation, a specific EU law, policy or funding programme is assessed for its effectiveness (whether it reached its objectives), its efficiency (what are the costs and benefits), its relevance (whether it responds to stakeholders' needs), its coherence (how well it works with other actions) and its EU added value (what are the benefits of acting at EU level). Evaluations findings help the Commission decide whether EU actions should be continued or changed.
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Impact assessments examine whether there is a need for EU action and analyse the possible impacts of available solutions. Impact assessments are carried out during the preparation phase, before the Commission finalises a proposal for a new law. They provide evidence to inform and support the decision-making process.
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