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Policymaking for impact

The European Commission has clearly stated its aim to deliver on its priorities efficiently and effectively, bringing about a tangible impact. An evidence-based approach to policymaking is central to this aim. Also essential is a leaner Europe: reducing initiatives, making existing ones more efficient, and streamlining administration and regulation. These aims are closely aligned with our skills, experience and mission of building a better working world.

We can help EU institutions and agencies write policies that work in practice. We have skills and knowledge in areas that feed the process of evidence-based policymaking, such as data analytics and economic modeling. We can also assess the impact that policies and regulations have on businesses, governments, jobs, the environment and society. We consider not only which option is most likely to succeed but also which offers the appropriate balance of cost and effectiveness.

Once a policy is in place, we can support the commission in measuring its results by evaluating how effective, efficient and sustainable it is. We mine our network across Member States to evaluate how they implement directives and what results they achieve. We also use our close ties with businesses and entrepreneurs to understand what real-life challenges the private sector faces in relation to EU policies.

Our services include:

  • Impact assessment

    Impact assessments form an integral part of evidence-based policymaking at the European level. Their role has been reinvigorated by the commission’s increased emphasis on lawmaking procedures that help achievee the highest standards of transparency and public consultation. We support the commission’s policymaking by identifying and assessing the problem, the possible responses and the best-performing scenario. Our approach focuses on a solid analysis of the status quo, the extensive involvement of stakeholders at all stages of the process, and the balancing of qualitative and quantitative methods for assessing potential impacts.

  • Evaluation

    The commission is undertaking major efforts to assess the implementation of existing legislation, as well as the progress and performance of programs and action plans. The goal is to make sure that the EU interventions and the existing body of EU law are fit for the purpose and to improve it where necessary. With our evaluation services, we help the European institutions by offering sound knowledge of evaluation methodologies and by applying the full range of assessment criteria defined by the commission. We mobilize a range of professional services and sectorial knowledge from EY Global and European practices, and we have established a network of country contact points composed of EY professionals who are experienced in public sector and policy analysis.

  • Policy advisory

    We are also active in advising EU institutions and national governments on the design, implementation and monitoring of policies and strategies that are high on the EU agenda (such as the promotion of innovation and digital entrepreneurship policies and the single market strategy). We provide support in designing and implementing communication strategies, and identifying and engaging stakeholders and target groups, reaching out to them through events and online engagement.

  • Economic modeling

    EY can mobilize solid analytic skills, enhanced quantitative assessment and statistical modeling to feed into impact assessments, evaluations and research studies. Our professionals around the EU can provide support for analyzing and quantifying the economic impact of government policies and regulatory or tax changes. They can also help with economic impact assessment and examine how regulations and policies at different levels of the economy will affect employment, labor productivity, GDP, and sectorial or company competitiveness.

  • Compliance assessments

    The commission constantly needs to collect updated information on whether EU Member States and involved entities are implementing regulations in compliance with their obligations. EY can leverage its multidisciplinary teams and EU-wide coverage to assess whether the rules, procedures, and management and control systems established by Member State authorities, agencies and other entities comply with the requirements of EU legislation.