Policy design, impact assessment and evaluation

Introduction to the Better Regulation Agenda

This course provides a thorough overview of the Better Regulation (BR) agenda and its implementation in the EU policy making. It includes an informative session explaining the key concepts of Better Regulation (BR) and how they are applied across the EU policy cycle.

About this course

This course provides a thorough overview of the Better Regulation (BR) agenda and its implementation in the EU policy making. It includes an informative session explaining the key concepts of Better Regulation (BR) and how they are applied across the EU policy cycle. It presents the procedures and how the Better Regulation tools are used in practice in the European Commission (EC). It enhances the participants’ knowledge on the BR agenda and stands as a comprehensive introduction to the specific BR courses on Regulatory Impact Assessments, Regulatory evaluations and Stakeholder consultation.

What you will learn in this course:

  • the key concepts of Better Regulation and how they are applied across the policymaking cycle.
  • how BR tools are used in practice in the European Commission (EC).
  • what the principle of Subsidiarity is and how the ECs Better Regulation Guidelines and Toolbox set out assurances for this.
  • how Member States (MSs) implement the Better Regulation Agenda and what the challenges and drawbacks of different approaches are.

Course methodology/highlights

The course is led by experts who have decades of both research and practical experience in using the Better Regulation instruments both in the EU context and beyond.

The course combines interactive presentations, practical examples and quick polls and group exercises to consolidate the concepts.

Read our recent blog on Campaigns and Consultations: Campaigns in the European Commission’s public consultation written by our experts Nikolaos Sarris and Miranda Lovell-Prescod.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand the concept of policy cycle and how it is implemented in the EU
  • Have an overview of the better regulation instruments namely Impact Assessments and evaluations
  • Understand the principle of subsidiarity and how this can become a workable tool for MSs
  • Gain insights on how Member states (MSs) assess, monitor and evaluate legislation. What are the common pitfalls, what are the good practices.

After-course support

You will be given the slides, as well as additional learning material and online resources, to help you apply your new knowledge and skills to your work.

This Introductory course is one of 5 courses we are currently offering in the context of the Better Regulation agenda.

Are you interested in taking a different course please click below:

Strategic Foresight in Policy Making Regulatory ex post Evaluations | Regulatory Impact Assessments | Stakeholder Consultation in the Context of Better Regulation

Public officials, civil servants and policy analysts who work in government or parliamentary institutions, in EU Member States or candidate countries, similar to the following:

  • ‘Better Regulation’ committees / programmes
  • centres for research and analysis
  • bureaucracy reduction agencies
  • budget offices
  • councils for regulatory impact assessments

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser
Ms Eveline Hermens
Tel: +31 43 3296259
e.hermens@eipa.eu

Discounts
EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a 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.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies

Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

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.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

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

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

A few days before the start of the course you will receive the log-in details for accessing the course materials. You can log in here.

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Our experts

Project leader

Nikolaos Sarris

Evaluations and Impact Assessments
Gracia Vara Arribas

Gracia Vara Arribas

EU Law and Public Procurement, EU Governance, Head of the European CAF Resource Centre

Programme

08.45Registration of participants
09.00Welcome and introduction to the course
Presentation of lecturers and seminar objectives
Nikolaos Sarris, Evaluation Expert and Miranda Lovell Prescod, Researcher, EIPA
Better regulation policy cycle – introductory module
09.15Introduction to the better regulation policy cycle – theory, principles and standards
Better regulation involves policymaking in an open and transparent manner. The first session of our course covers the key concepts and principles of better regulation. We introduce the policymaking cycle, explaining its sequential phases. We showcase the implementation of the policy cycle within the European Commission, providing a step-by-step overview of the trajectory of EU lawmaking, from planning to implementation.
10.00Introduction to BR instruments
During this session, we present the key concepts and principles of Regulatory Impact Assessments and Regulatory Evaluations. We also introduce the principles of stakeholder consultation, discussing relevant consultation methodologies and tools aligned with current practices in the European Commission.
11.00Coffee break
11.15Implementing the BR agenda in Member States: The principle of subsidiarity
Regulatory Impact Assessments aim to generate policy proposals that adhere to the principle of subsidiarity. In this session, we examine how this principle can become an effective tool for Member States, fostering closer collaboration between Europe, national governments, and citizens. This necessitates greater involvement by national, regional, and local stakeholders, along with a better understanding of the principle’s relevance for all parties involved.
Gracia Vara Arribas, EU law and Governance expert, EIPA
12.30Good practices in MSs – common pitfalls and lessons learned
In this session, we delve into how Member States apply the better regulation agenda in practice. We highlight a few examples of noteworthy tailor-made features integrated within the regulatory systems of Member States. Additionally, we present common pitfalls encountered throughout the policy cycle.
Miranda Lovell Prescod
13.00End of the Introductory course

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Introduction to the Better Regulation Agenda

3 Nov 2023
Online
Register before: 27 Oct 2023

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 270 for EIPA members
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Discount policy

EIPA offers a 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.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount

For a limited number of training courses, EIPA offers an early bird discount.

For more information please contact us.

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