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23 September 2010

ECA presenting its report on RIA on 28 Sept.

The long-expected report (a preview was available for some time on the Council website, as reported by this blog), will soon be public.
Impact Assessment is one of the cornerstones of the European Commission’s Better Regulation policy. The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has analysed whether impact assessments have supported decision-making in the EU institutions. The main conclusions and recommendations of the Special Report will be presented to the press by Mr Henri Grethen, a Member of the European Court of Auditors, on September 2010 at 10 a.m. See online invitation.


  1. The first results came out in October 2009; the the ECA then questioned in early 2010 whether there would be a report at all; then a report appeared briefly and then dissappeared. I wonder just how much embarrassment this report has caused to date. And I'm so glad I got a chance to use it in our response to the Smart Regulation consultation.

  2. I have now had a chance to look at the final report and what struck me is that every quote from the draft ECA report that we included in our response to the EC consultation on smart regulation has now mysteriously been modified. I wonder how many other organisations have found the same.

    For evidence, here's our response: http://ec.europa.eu/governance/better_regulation/smart_regulation/docs/association_accountants_acca_en.pdf

    I can only conclude that the ECA must have some really influential copy editors.

  3. I have just updated on the basis of the final report after at textual analysis of the changes. I noticed that the most critical text had disappeared: guess why?