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The European parliament's Ex-Ante Impact Assessment team analyses the quality of impact assessments (IAs) produced by the European Commission, in the form of initial appraisals, and offers parliamentary committees a range of follow-up services, including more detailed appraisals of Commission IAs, substitute or complementary IAs, and IAs on parliamentary amendments.
IMPA has written 16 posts for European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Impact Assessment and European Added Value work during the eighth legislative term, 2014-2019

Better law-making is at the same time both a policy objective and a process. As a methodology, its purpose is to design and to decide on regulation that is fit for purpose. Continue reading

Security of ID cards and of residence documents issued to EU citizens and their families

Currently, there are at least 86 different versions of identity cards (ID cards) and 181 types of residence documents in circulation in the EU. The Free Movement Directive (2004/38/EC) stipulates the conditions that EU citizens and their third-country-national family members need to meet in order to exercise their right of free movement and residence within the Union. Continue reading

Judicial rules and cooperation in family matters (recast of Brussels IIa Regulation)

Written by Hubert Dalli, This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above Commission proposal (the proposal), submitted on 30 June 2016 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs. The proposal is a recast of the Brussels IIa Regulation (the … Continue reading

The Establishment of an EU Entry/Exit System

Written by Hubert Dalli, This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above Commission proposals, submitted on 6 April 2016 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Between 2002 and 2011 the European Commission issued a … Continue reading

EU Emissions Trading System: cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

Written by Samuele Dossi This note provides an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal which was adopted on 15 July 2015 and has been referred to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is … Continue reading

Initial Appraisals of European Commission Impact Assessments

Written by Sam Prestidge When an EU policy initiative is likely to have significant economic, social and/or environmental effects, the European Commission usually produces an Impact Assessment (IA) to accompany its legislative proposal. Commission IAs seek to verify and justify the need for EU action and to identify the likely impacts of the various policy options available, … Continue reading

Money Market Funds: Impact Assessment of Substantive EP Amendments

Written by Claudio Collovà Executive Summary Europe Economics was asked to assess the feasibility and impacts of potential changes contained in a number of substantive amendments to the proposed regulation on Money Market Funds (MMFs) being considered by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament. The amendments in question would require any constant net asset value … Continue reading

Ex-ante Impact Assessment in the EU

Written by Claudio Collovà What comes to your mind if we say ‘impact assessment’? Ex-ante impact assessment analyses the likely effects of important policy initiatives, including draft laws, and the reasoning behind them, before European institutions take a decision on them. The EU institutions have been doing this for over 10 years, attempting to improve the … Continue reading

Earth observation satellite data for commercial purposes: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

Written by Alina-Alexandra Georgescu This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for a Directive on the dissemination of Earth observation satellite data for commercial purposes. Overall, the impression is that the IA has made a genuine attempt to … Continue reading

Appliances burning gaseous fuels : Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

Written by Alina-Alexandra Georgescu and Alison Davies This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal. This is a proposal to replace the Gas Appliances Directive 2009/142/EC (GAD) of 30 November 2009, which aims to permit the free movement of appliances and fittings burning … Continue reading

Review of EU waste management targets: Initial Appraisal of the Commission’s Impact Assessment

Written by Alison Davies This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment accompanying its proposal for a Directive amending exisitng directives on waste, waste packaging, landfill of waste, end-of-life vehicles, batteries and waste electrical and electronic equipment, transmitted on 14 July 2014. Prepared by … Continue reading

Reform of the European Network of Employment Services (EURES): Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

Written by Alexia Maniaki-Griva This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 17 January 2014. In line with the Europe 2020 Strategy, the free movement of workers is considered as a key element in the development of a more integrated … Continue reading

Organic production and labelling of organic products

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal which was adopted on 24 March 2014. The first EU legislation on organic farming was adopted in 19911 and substantially revised in 20072. Amongst other things, this revision introduced the possibility … Continue reading

Initial Appraisals produced by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit in the period from July 2013 to June 2014

The European Parliament’s Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit routinely screens the road-maps accompanying the European Commission’s Work Programme, to check which of its legislative proposals will be subject to impact assessment by the Commission. It then undertakes an initial appraisal of these Commission impact assessments when they arrive in the Parliament, to check that certain criteria … Continue reading

EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership : detailed Appraisal of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment

EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a detailed Appraisal of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment, written for the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS), by Prof. Jacques Pelkmans (CEPS and College of Europe), Dr. Arjan Lejour (CPB), Dr. … Continue reading

Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package

The Ex-Ante Impact Assessment unit of EPRS has recently produced, at the request of the IMCO Committee, two papers in relation to the ‘Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package’, which was adopted by the European Commission in February 2013. A ‘health check’ on the Commission’s Impact Assessment This detailed appraisal analyses two aspects of the … Continue reading

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