EU policy assessment guidelines strengthened

The European Commission has revised its guidelines for making impact assessments on policy proposals. The assessments were introduced systematically from 2002 and now accompany all major legislation. They identify the economic, social and environmental consequences of proposed changes. The Commission says its new guidelines provide "clearer guidance on areas relating to economic and competitiveness concerns," integrate thinking on the EU's charter on fundamental rights, and consider how better to take into account "potential administrative costs" of regulation for business, individuals and public bodies. See European Commission press release, impact assessment pages and the revised guidelines.

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