European Commission SEC(2005) 791
IMPACT ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES
15 June 2005with March 2006 update
on Procedural rules(Part II, denomination of SG responsible units+ section 6, p.9. Composition of Inter-Service Steering Groups)andon the assessment of administrative costs(Part III, 5.1. How to compare the impacts of different options, p.39)
“We should make policy choices that ensure that our various objectives are mutually reinforcing. Actions that promote competitiveness, growth and jobs, as well as economic and social cohesion and a healthy environment reinforce each other. These are all essential components of the overarching objective of sustainable development, on which we must deliver.”
The Commission’s Strategic Objectives 2005-2009, COM(2005)12.
“Proposals must be prepared on the basis of an effective analysis of whether it is appropriate to intervene at EU level and whether regulatory intervention is needed. If so, the analysis must also assess the potential economic, social and environmental impact.”
White Paper on EuropeanGovernance, 2001,
The present guidelines replace the 2002 ‘Impact Assessment in the Commission – Guidelines’ and ‘A Handbook for Impact Assessment in the Commission – How to do an Impact Assessment’. They set procedural rules for IA in theCommission and explain how to practically conduct the required analysis. The Commission took note of the Guidelines,instructed the Commission services to apply them, decided to make them public and instructed the Secretariat General toregularly update them, in consultation with Commission services and in light of Commission experience and needs, seeSEC(2005) 790.