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Working with Impact Assessment at the EU Level, Maastricht

© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen / PDC
datum 15 november 2018
plaats Maastricht
locatie O.L. Vrouweplein 22 Toon locatie
organisatie European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

This two-day course is an intensive practical introduction to impact assessment in EU decision-making. It will show you why impact assessment has become an increasingly important part of the policy-making and legislative processes in the EU.

How will it help you?

You will discuss the key analytical steps followed by the European Commission in preparing an impact assessment, and you will become familiar with the main quantitative and qualitative tools available. Finally, it gives you a forum for considering the opportunities for stakeholder and Member State input into the preparation of European Commission impact assessments, as well as the inter-institutional dimensions and challenges.





Registration of participants



Welcome and introduction

Presentation of the lecturers and the seminar objectives

Dr Theo Jans, Associate Professor, EIPA Maastricht



Better Regulation and Impact Assessments in comparative perspective

A brief presentation of the European Better Regulation strategy and the role of Impact Assessments in these efforts to improve the quality of the regulatory environment.



Coffee break



The analytical steps in a European Commission (EC) Impact Assessment

Presentation of the key features of the EC Impact Assessments and a thorough discussion of the key analytical steps in Impact Assessments: problem definition, objectives, policy options, impact analysis, selection and ranking, monitoring and evaluation.



The organisational and procedural features of the EC Impact Assessment system

The procedures, documents, actors, deadlines and quality control involved in EC Impact Assessments are discussed. The presentation concentrates on a number of practical features of the process (e.g. interservice groups, Regulatory Scrutiny board, translation, types of IA documents, etc.), which should help national officials in identifying and understanding the key features of an IA.



Lunch break



Introduction to the exercises and case studies

The exercises are modeled on two different EC Impact Assessments: one primarily contains qualitative analysis; the other provides elaborate quantitative analysis and monetisation. Both cases are presented by the lecturer and the participants are asked to study a number of documents in preparation of the exercises.



Group exercise 1 - Analytical steps of an EC IA: problem definition, objectives, policy options

The participants are divided into separate groups and, based on a number of documents and data, they are asked to develop the first steps of an IA. They will need to describe a problemdefinition, objectives and at least three policy options. While conducting the group work,participants will be guided and assisted by the lecturer who will monitor the work progress.



Coffee break



Debriefing group exercise 1 - Presentation and discussion of problem definition,

objectives and policy options

The “rapporteur” of each group presents their group’s work and the first steps of the ImpactAssessments. The different results are discussed and commented on by the participants and by the lecturer. Following the discussion of the different group contributions, the actual IAs as drafted by the EC will be presented by the lecturer.



End of the first day








Defining and reducing administrative burdens: the standard cost model

A discussion of compliance and administrative costs in EC legislative proposals and implementing measures. The Standard Cost Model is introduced with a succinct analysis of the tool’s strengths and weaknesses.



Group exercise 2 and debriefing - Determining administrative costs in legislation

The participants receive a piece of legislation and are asked to calculate the administrative costs involved. Following their calculations, they are asked to develop an administrative burden reduction proposal. The group work is followed by a plenary debriefing during which the real calculations and reductions are unveiled.



Coffee break



Quantitative tools and techniques for Impact Assessments

An overview of the main tools used to conduct a quantitative analysis in the framework of an IA. The logic and appropriateness of the different tools are discussed and the participants receive guidance on which techniques can best be used for certain purposes. Based on case study materials, the quantitative techniques used for the analysis of different policy options are discussed.

Dr Wim Marneffe, UHasselt, Belgium



Lunch break



Group exercise 3 - Cost-benefit analysis: assessing costs and option selection.

A case-study regarding emissions of cars, will constitute the basis for an exercise on cost-benefit reasoning and selection. The participants carry out a working group assignment, followed by a collective debriefing guided by the lecturer. Finally, the participants will be asked to present the quantitative techniques they consider using for the case-study developed in their respective workings groups (see DAY1).

Dr Wim Marneffe



Evaluation and end of the seminar

Course venue

European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

O.L. Vrouweplein 22

6211 HE, Maastricht

the Netherlands

Programme Organiser

Ms Nicolette Brouwers

Tel: + 31 43 3296245



The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.


EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.


Lunches and the reception will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations

EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number for your course.


Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.


Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy

For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).



European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Het Europees instituut voor bestuurskunde (beter bekend als The European Institute of Public Administration - ofwel EIPA) streeft ernaar om de kennis van ambtenaren die zich met de EU bezighouden te vergroten door het ontwikkelen en organiseren van trainingen. Het instituut wil wetenschappelijke kennis en praktische 'know–how' met elkaar verbinden. EIPA bestaat al meer dan 35 jaar.

Het hoofdkantoor van EIPA is gevestigd in Maastricht en heeft dependances in Luxemburg en Barcelona. Gemiddeld nemen 14.000 nationale en Europese ambtenaren per jaar deel aan de trainingen. Daarnaast biedt EIPA ook consultancy, onderzoek en op maat gemaakte programma’s/trainingen aan. Bij EIPA werken circa 120 hoogopgeleide medewerkers.


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