Science-based and evidence-based policy-making in the European Union, a research paper by Daniel Guéguen & Vicky Marissen

Science-based and evidence-based policy-making in the European Union: coexisting or conflicting concepts?

A research paper by Daniel Guéguen & Vicky Marissen, published by the College of Europe

In this Research Paper, the authors examine the role of the agencies, their strengths and weaknesses, and their credibility in the eyes of the Commission; the impact assessments, how they are carried out, their “quality control” by the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, their influence on the final options; and the public consultations, their importance, their necessity and their usefulness.

On each of these points recommendations are proposed. One of the most important is to advocate that impact assessments be published prior to the publication of the legislative proposal and not simultaneously as is the case today. This simultaneous publication of the results of the impact assessment and the Commission’s proposal seems inappropriate to us because it is inconsistent with the principle of anticipation and transparency promoted by Better Regulation.

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