Page Contents

Chapter 1 – General principles of ‘better regulation’

  • TOOL #1. Principles, procedures & exceptions
  • TOOL #2. The regulatory fitness programme (REFIT) and the Fit for Future Platform
  • TOOL #3. Role of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board
  • TOOL #4. Evidence-informed policymaking
  • TOOL #5. Legal basis, subsidiarity and proportionality
  • TOOL #6. Planning and validation of initiatives

Chapter 2 – How to carry out an impact assessment

  • TOOL #7. What is an impact assessment and when it is necessary
  • TOOL #8. What steps should be followed for an impact assessment?
  • TOOL #9. Spending programmes, financial instruments and budgetary guarantee
  • TOOL #10. Treaty-based social partner consultations and initiatives
  • TOOL #11. Format of the impact assessment report
  • TOOL #12. How to apply proportionality to impact assessments
  • TOOL #13. How to analyse problems
  • TOOL #14. Risk assessment and management
  • TOOL #15. How to set objectives
  • TOOL #16. How to identify policy options
  • TOOL #17. The choice of policy instruments

Chapter 3 – Identifying impacts in evaluations, fitness checks and impact assessments

  • TOOL #18. Identification of impacts
  • TOOL #19. Sustainable development goals
  • TOOL #20. Strategic foresight for impact assessments and evaluations
  • TOOL #21. Sectoral competitiveness
  • TOOL #22. Research and innovation
  • TOOL #23. The ‘SME test’
  • TOOL #24. Competition
  • TOOL #25. Internal market
  • TOOL #26. Prevention of fraud
  • TOOL #27. External trade and investment
  • TOOL #28. Digital-ready policymaking
  • TOOL #29. Fundamental rights, including the promotion of equality
  • TOOL #30. Employment, working conditions, income distribution, social protection and inclusion
  • TOOL #31. Education and training, culture and youth (ETCY)
  • TOOL #32. Health impacts
  • TOOL #33. Consumers
  • TOOL #34. Territorial impacts
  • TOOL #35. Developing countries
  • TOOL #36. Environmental impacts
  • TOOL #37. Customs enforcement of sectoral prohibitions and restrictions at EU borders

Chapter 4 – Compliance, implementation and preparing proposals

  • TOOL #38. Compliance promotion and verification tools
  • TOOL #39. Compliance assessment: explanatory documents, transposition and conformity checks
  • TOOL #40. Drafting the explanatory memorandum
  • TOOL #41. Guidance documents containing legal interpretation of EU law
  • TOOL #42. Delegated and implementing acts

Chapter 5 – Monitoring the application of interventions

  • TOOL #43. Monitoring arrangements and indicators
  • TOOL #44. Legal provisions on monitoring and evaluation

Chapter 6 – How to carry out an evaluation and fitness check

  • TOOL #45. What is an evaluation and when it is required
  • TOOL #46. Designing the evaluation
  • TOOL #47. Evaluation criteria and questions
  • TOOL #48. Conducting the evaluation
  • TOOL #49. Format of the evaluation report
  • TOOL #50. ‘Back-to-back’ evaluations and impact assessments

Chapter 7 – Stakeholder consultation

  • TOOL #51. Consulting stakeholders
  • TOOL #52. Consultation strategy
  • TOOL #53. Conducting consultation activities
  • TOOL #54. Analysing data and informing policymaking
  • TOOL #55. Horizontal matters – publication of responses, data protection, access to documents and transparency register

Chapter 8 – Methodologies for analysing impacts in impact assessments, evaluations and fitness checks

  • TOOL #56. Typology of costs and benefits
  • TOOL #57. Methods to assess costs and benefits
  • TOOL #58. EU Standard Cost Model
  • TOOL #59. Cost estimates and the ‘one in, one out’ approach
  • TOOL #60. Baselines
  • TOOL #61. Simulation models
  • TOOL #62. Multi-criteria decision analysis
  • TOOL #63. Cost-benefit analysis
  • TOOL #64. Discount factors
  • TOOL #65. Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
  • TOOL #66. Life cycle assessment
  • TOOL #67. Data identification for evaluation and impact assessment
  • TOOL #68. Methods for evaluating causal effects
  • TOOL #69. Emerging methods and policy instruments