Regulatory Quality in the European Commission and the UK: Old Questions and New Findings
Centre for European Policy Working Paper No. 362
16 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 26, 2012
This Working Document examines the quality of impact assessments in the European Commission and the UK between 2005 and 2010. The findings suggest that impact assessment is not merely a perfunctory activity in the European Union and the UK. Quality has improved steadily over the years, arguably as a result of learning and regulatory oversight.
The UK and the European Commission are strikingly similar on a number of impact assessment dimensions (such as economic analysis and identification of costs and benefits). The European Commission’s impact assessments seem to pay more attention to social and environmental aspects, however.
The paper’s conclusions reflect on the implications of the findings for current policy discussions on regulatory quality and the role of regulatory oversight bodies.
Keywords: European Commission, UK, regulatory quality, EU, impact assessment
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