Policy assessment

Since 2016, the EESC has contributed to the Better Regulation Agenda by carrying out assessments of EU policies and legislation. These are adopted as Evaluation Reports (formerly known as Information Reports).

EESC Members draft these Evaluation Reports with the assistance of the respective thematic Sections/CCMI secretariat and of the Foresight, Studies and Policy Assessment Unit (FSA). This unit was created to introduce the systematic practice of analysis and policy evaluation in the EESC, providing methodological support to this activity throughout the process.


  • Adopted on 05/07/2017 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2016
    Reference
    SOC/553-EESC-2016-01-01-06698-00-01-ri-tra
    Workers - GR II
    Italy

    In its evaluation of the implementation of EU directives on legal migration from the perspective of organised civil society in selected Member States, the EESC considers the impact of these directives to be generally positive, albeit partial and fragmented. It also notes the impact of irregular migration on the directives' applicability.

    The EESC provides a series of recommendations, covering the design of wider legal channels for labour migration; the role of the social partners and other organisations in this field; a simplified implementation of the directives and the modification of some of them; fact-based discourse to better inform the general public, integration and the fight against discrimination.

    Information report: State of implementation of legal migration legislation (Information report – impact assessment)
  • Adopted on 31/05/2017 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2016
    Reference
    SOC/552-EESC-2016-01-01-05623-00-02-ri-tra
    (Lithuania
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania

    The EESC has been asked by the European Commission to contribute to the EC's mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme. In this context, two questionnaires were widely disseminated by the EESC in the member states and four fact-finding missions have been organised. The EESC also held an expert hearing to collect the views of specialised civil society organisations. An information report has been drafted containing the results of this exercise, accompanied by a detailed technical appendix containing important data on the awareness and perception of the programme. The aim of this evaluation was to provide information to the EC on the experience of civil society organisations with the enlarged and improved programme.

    Information report: Erasmus+ Mid-term evaluation
  • Adopted on 23/02/2017 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2016
    Reference
    TEN/607-EESC-2016
    (Estonia

    The Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is one of the evaluations on which the Commission is consulting the EESC.

    The CEF was proposed as a financing programme for the completion of trans-European infrastructure networks in the fields of transport, energy and information and communications technology (ICT).

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the opportunity to take part in the evaluation of the CEF programme. Transport, energy and ICT are also the core of the EESC Smart Islands Project. Therefore, the EESC's response is based on the above mentioned project, which analyses primary data collected through fact-finding missions taking place in the EU in the course of 2015 and 2016.

    Information report: Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (formerly Smart Islands)
  • Adopted on 23/02/2017 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2016
    Reference
    TEN/606-EESC-2016
    Workers - GR II
    Spain

    The EESC welcomes the CEF's support for clean, low-carbon transport and sustainable energy structures, as well as the attention given to energy vulnerability. However, the Committee would like to see more financial resources allocated to the CEF.

    It will be possible to meet the expectations of city "users" – inhabitants, businesses, visitors and administrators – thanks to digital service ecosystems overlaying high-quality material and immaterial enabling infrastructure. Establishing this infrastructure will also have a significant impact in terms of growth, employment and productivity.

    Information report: Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (formerly Smart Cities)
  • Adopted on 25/01/2017 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2016
    Reference
    INT/807-EESC-2016-01-01-5513
    Employers - GR I
    Portugal

    Following a request from the Commission, the information report seeks to provide input for the Commission's interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 and, in addition, of its Science with and for Society (SwafS) sub-programme.

    The EESC's recommendations are based on the views of civil society organisations gathered by EESC Members through an online questionnaire and a number of fact-finding missions.

    Information report: Interim evaluation of Horizon 2020
  • Adopted on 14/12/2016 - Bureau decision date: 24/05/2016
    Reference
    INT/796-EESC-2016-01-01-3300
    (Portugal

    On the request of the Commission, this Information Report evaluates the perception and experience of EU civil society organisations (CSO) in the implementation of EU Consumer and Marketing Law. The information gathered and the interesting solutions proposed are the result of questionnaire responses, five fact-finding missions (Athens, Vilnius, Paris, Lisbon, Brussels) and an Expert Hearing.

    Information report: EU Consumer and Marketing law
  • Adopted on 14/12/2016 - Bureau decision date: 24/05/2016
    Reference
    INT/795-EESC-2016-01-01-3297
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Spain
    (Italy

    On the request of the Commission, this Information Report evaluates the perception and experience of EU civil society organisations (CSO) in the implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU). The information gathered and the interesting solutions proposed are the result of questionnaire responses, five fact-finding missions (Riga, Rome, Warsaw, Madrid, Brussels) and an Expert Hearing.

    Information report: Consumer Rights Directive