Scrutiny of the quality of impact assessments, major evaluations and fitness checks

As in its previous years of operation, in 2021 the Regulatory Scrutiny Board will provide independent quality control on impact assessments and evaluations and support the implementation of Better Regulation in the Commission.

In 2021, the Board will have large number of impact assessments to scrutinise, as indicated in the Commission Work Programme 2021 – A Union of vitality in a world of fragility. It plans to scrutinise the quality of around 95 impact assessments and 15 major evaluations and fitness checks.

Advice on specific cases to Commission services and on horizontal better regulation issues

The Board will continue to provide upstream guidance to Directorates-General, at early stages of the elaboration of major evaluations, fitness checks and impact assessments.

The Board will continue to support the evolving better regulation agenda and its application building on its quality scrutiny experience of the last few years.

On the basis of the Commission’s new better regulation communication (to be adopted in 2021), the Board will continue to provide methodological and procedural advice on the Commission’s revision of the better regulation guidelines and toolbox. Once finalised, the Board will adapt its scrutiny practice to adequately reflect the new Better Regulation priorities and the new requirements set in the updated guidelines. These are likely to include the ‘One-in, One-out’ approach to burdens for citizens and businesses, the incorporation of foresight elements in the policy development, consideration of green impacts and better integration of sustainable development goals.

Outreach activities

In line with its renewed mandate, the Board will continue its outreach activities with the European Parliament and the Council, as well as with external stakeholders engaged in regulatory impact analysis and evaluation, especially concerning its role in the wider EU regulatory process. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, contacts are likely to be predominantly virtual. The Board will organise its fourth annual conference in the spring, for the first time via video. It will also host a networking event in the autumn with scrutiniser bodies in the Member States, either virtually or in person.

Board internal organisation

The Board will finalise the recruitment of the two external member vacancies and ensure their smooth integration. It will continue to work closely with its secretariat provided by the Secretariat-General.