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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 304/79

(98/C 304/115) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0335/98
by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Commission
(17 February 1998)

Subject: Business impact assessment

On 24 April 1997, the European Parliament passed a report on strengthening the business impact assessment
system (A4-0413/96). During the April II part-session (1997), Commissioner Papoutsis commented: ‘I agree
with the general idea of the report and with the European Parliament’s resolution ... I would like to assure you of
my determination to support a strengthening of the business impact assessment system ’ (PE 222.596).

Point One of the report called on the Commission ‘to examine how it could develop an appropriate and rational
approach for impact assessments ... and to submit an appropriate report for consideration by the Council and the
European Parliament’.

What steps has the Commission taken in this direction; will a formal report be produced and, if so, when does the
Commission envisage that it will be published?

(98/C 304/116) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0336/98
by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Commission
(17 February 1998)

Subject: Business impact assessment

On 24 April 1997, the European Parliament passed a report on strengthening the business impact assessment
system (A4-0413/96). During the April II part-session (1997), Commissioner Papoutsis commented: ‘I agree
with the general idea of the report and with the European Parliament’s resolution ... I would like to assure you of
my determination to support a strengthening of the business impact assessment system.’ (PE 222.596).

Point Three called on the Commission to ‘give the impact system an official and legal standing within the
framework of Community legislation’.

Is the Commission’s on-going review of its business impact assessment procedures orientated towards this
eventual goal, and what timescales are envisaged?

(98/C 304/117) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0337/98
by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Commission
(17 February 1998)

Subject: Business impact assessment

On 24 April 1997, the European Parliament passed a report on strengthening the business impact assessment
system (A4-0413/96). During the April II part-session (1997), Commissioner Papoutsis commented: ‘I agree
with the general idea of the report and with the European Parliament’s resolution ... I would like to assure you of
my determination to support a strengthening of the business impact assessment system.’ (PE 222.596).

Point Five proposed that ‘the impact assessment should appear at the end of every Community legislative
proposal expected to have a significant impact on business’, and that this should be published in the Official
Journal.

Has the Commission given further consideration to this specific point; what is the Commission’s position on it;
what is the reasoning behind this position; and will this be referred to in a Commission report on this matter?