"Impartial analysis for policy making"

 

Evidence based policy making is fundamental to the concept of Better Regulation.  Governmental organisations, including those at EU and EU Member State level, have implemented important reforms to their regulatory systems, improving the quality of assessment and thereby embedding enhanced policy outcomes. 

 

The Impact Assessment Institute has been established to make an independent and impartial contribution to the evidence base for policy making, by scrutinising proposed and active legislation.  It is open to cooperation with the European Union institutions, Member State governments, civil society, business and individuals in an inclusive manner.  Its structure and procedures have been arranged to ensure that impartiality is embedded in its DNA.

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News & Commentary

What about Impact assessment for delegated acts?

June 21st 2019

Between January and May 2019, 71 delegated acts were adopted by the European Commission,  ranging from very brief amendments to detailed technical... Read more

Machinery Directive revision: impacts correctly estimated? 

May  7th 2019

The European Commission Inception Impact Assessment on the Revision of the Machinery Directive does not clearly define the main driver for... Read more

Proper definition of sustainability required for battery initiative

February 27th 2019

The Impact Assessment Institute has scrutinised the European Commission Inception Impact Assessment on Sustainable Batteries. The IIA mostly... Read more

Commission powers to impose common mobile phone chargers in question

21st February 2019

The Impact Assessment Institute has scrutinised the Inception Impact Assessment (IIA) on Common chargers for mobile telephones and other compatible...Read more

Absence of Impact Assessment often not justified or contrary to Better Regulation

November 7th 2018

From June to October 2018, 33 legislative proposals for a directive or regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council were published... Read more

Ecodesign policy prejudges Impact Assessment

May 16th 2018

The policy option selection for EU Ecodesign legislation for domestic appliances, lighting and computers prejudges the ongoing consultation and... Read more

Free Flow of Data: Good policy, questionable Impact Assessment

April 19th 2018

Data indicate the economic benefits of proposed legislation on free flow of non-personal data in the EU. However, the European Commission's... Read more

Digital can contribute more to EU policy

December 19th 2017

Important opportunities in the development of EU digital policy are being missed due to inconsistent digital assessment, according to a new IAI study... Read more

Intensive training seminar 12 January

December 6th 2017

See how the Better Regulation Agenda affects your work and how your work can help make Better Regulation. Since the publication of the European... Read more

Revised Study on Energy Efficiency Directive

November 23rd 2017

After a review of the file, today we have published a slightly revised version of our study scrutinising the Impact Assessment for the Energy... Read more

Explicit evidence is required to inform EU policy on non-performing loans

October 20th 2017

EU policy on loans and loan security requires more explicit background data and analysis to show the need of planned legislation. In current European...Read more

The Energy Efficiency Directive needs more reliable data - new IAI study

September 18th 2017

The legislative proposal for the Energy Efficiency Directive rests on inconsistent and unsubstantiated data and analysis. The proposed target of 30%... Read more

Publication of the "EU Flow"

September 11th 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of the "EU Flow: From EU Policy to EU law and back", an eBook by Erik Akse. The book provides an overview... Read more

Seminar in the European Parliament

September 7th 2017

Yesterday the Impact Assessment Institute was represented in a seminar in the European Parliament on Better Regulation and the recast of the... Read more

Intensive training on Impact Assessment on September 7th and 8th

July 25th 2017

Since the publication of the European Commission's Better Regulation Agenda in 2015, we have valuable examples of how the guidelines have been... Read more

The ePrivacy Regulation suffers from scarce evidence

July 17th 2017

The Impact Assessment Institute raises major concerns regarding the evidence supporting the ePrivacy regulation. The data gathering in the Impact... Read more

Focus on solid evidence will strengthen policy on alcohol excise duties

July 10th 2017

The European Commission's Inception Impact Assessment on the Excise Duties on Alcohol provides a mostly sound basis for evidence-based... Read more

EU renewable energy policy undermined by lack of transparency and unsubstantiated assumptions

June 19th 2017

The Impact Assessment Institute (IAI) has scrutinised in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal... Read more

Robust and transparent evidence is needed to ensure an effective Common Agricultural Policy

May 3rd 2017

As its contribution to the public consultation that ended yesterday, 2nd May, the Impact Assessment Institute is publishing a study scrutinising the... Read more

New Studies in the Pipeline

April 14th 2017

The Impact Assessment Institute's most recent study, reviewing the first 18 months of the European Commission's Better Regulation Agenda... Read more

A year and a half of the Better Regulation Agenda: what happened?

January 30th 2017

More than 1 and a half years have passed since the adoption of the European Commission's Better Regulation Agenda in May 2015... Read more

Next intensive training seminar scheduled for 2nd and 3rd March

December 21st 2016

Since the publication of the European Commission's Better Regulation Agenda in 2015, we have valuable examples pf how the guidelines have been... Read more

Studies on light and heavy duty vehicle CO2 emissions

October 11th 2016

The Impact Assessment Institute's has scrutinised the European Commission's Inception Impact Assessments on Heavy Duty Vehicle CO2 Monitoring... Read more

IAI Study on Circular Economy

October 3rd 2016

The Impact Assessment Institute's scrutinised the European Commission's Impact Assessment, additional analysis and background data for the... Read more

Preview of new IAI scrutiny in the Climate and Energy Policy Area

July 26th 2016

To ensure maximum effectiveness of EU policy measures for climate action, factually based and transparently compiled, Impact Assessments are... Read more

IAI Study on the Renewable Energy Inception Impact Assessment

June 30th 2016

The Impact Assessment Institute's has scrutinised the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IIA) on a new Renewable Energy Directive and... Read more

IAI draft study on Circular Economy distributed for peer review

June 9th 2016

Today, the Impact Assessment Institute distributed for peer review its scrutiny study on the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission's... Read more

Tell us your priorities for scrutiny

May 9th 2016

After its successful launch event in April, the Impact Assessment Institute is asking stakeholders to give their recommendations for its ongoing work... Read more

IAI Study on the Renewable Energy Inception Impact Assessment

May 23rd 2016

One year on from the publication of the European Commission's Better Regulation Agenda, what has changed, what still needs to be improved... Read more

Malcolm Harbour CBE welcomes the launch of the IAI

April 28th 2016

Yesterday Malcolm Harbour CBE spoke at the launch event of the Impact Assessment Institute at the Press Club Brussels in the presence of 60... Read more

The Impact Assessment Institute formally launches

April 18th 2016

April marks the formal incorporation of the Impact Assessment Institute as a foundation. The Institute started publicly scrutinising EU policy... Read more

Letter from Cabinet of Commission Vice President Timmermans on transparency of Impact Assessment

April 15th 2016

In response to the Institute's letter of 15th February, today we received a letter from the Cabinet... Read more

Planned study on the Circular Economy Impact Assessment

March 15th 2016

The Impact Assessment Institute's is preparing a study scrutinising the European Commission Impact Assessment accompanying its legislative... Read more

IAI letter to Commission First Vice President Timmermans

February 15th 2016

The Impact Assessment Institute's has sent a letter to Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans emphasising the findings of its study on the... Read more

Study on the Impact Assessment on the ETS post-2020 revision

February 11th 2016

The Impact Assessment Institute's studied the Commission's Impact Assessment SWD(2015) 135 accompanying its legislative proposal on... Read more

Study on the Impact Assessment on heavy-duty vehicle CO2 emissions

January 18th 2016

The European Commission published a Communication on policy for heavy-duty vehicle CO2 emission reduction in May 2014 accompanied by an Impact...Read more

Study on the European Commission Impact Assessments on Climat & Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy

December 14th 2015

During the course of 2014 the European Commission issued two important Communications, on Climate and Energy policy to 2030 & Energy Efficiency... Read more

The Impact Assessment Institute - supporting robust evidence for policy-making

December 14th 2015

The activities of the Impact Assessment Institute have been established this week with the going... Read more

All ahead for Better Regulation

May 22nd 2015

Brussels: the European Commission this week (19th May) published its Better Regulation Package, including a communication, guidelines, a toolbox... Read more

2016 - the Impact Assessment Institute

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