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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Auditors assess role of impact studies in EU decision-making

Impact assessments have been "broadly effective" in supporting decision-making within the EU institutions, but have failed to take account of amendments made to legislation by the Parliament and member states, found a European Court of Auditors report published yesterday (28 September). Impact assessments have been "widely used within the EU institutions and effective in supporting decision-making," said Court of Auditors (ECA) member Henri Grethen, presenting the report in Brussels yesterday. 85% of the experts surveyed for the report agreed that the Commission’s impact assessment system is improving legislation effectively."But there are areas for improvement regarding the main procedures, as well as the content and presentation of the reports," Grethen said. Impact assessments aim to contribute to the EU decision-making process by systematically collecting and analysing information on planned legislative interventions and estimating their likely impact on citizens and the economy.They seek to help the EU institutions involved in drawing up legislation to decide on the most appropriate way to address a particular problem.

Source: Euractiv