The Workshop on
Improving Assessment of the Environment in Impact Assessment,
which will be held in Brussels on 15 January 2007, takes place
within the current project “Improving Assessment of
the Environment in Impact Assessment” commissioned by
DG Environment .
is a process to improve policy design - making sure that objectives
are achieved in ways that maximise benefits whilst minimising
costs. One of the ways it does this is by playing an integration
role and ensuring that impacts from other policy areas are
taken account of in decision-making. As such, Impact Assessment
is potentially a key tool for making Sustainable Development
This is a time of
fast change for Impact Assessment systems in Europe. An increasing
number of Member States are implementing, or plan to implement,
their own Impact Assessment systems, mirroring what is already
taking place in the Commission and in a small number of Member
States. The question is how best to do this to ensure that
they systematically assess the economic, social and environmental
impacts of new legislation as part of an integrated process.
At the Workshop
the findings of the project will be presented and discussed.
The aim of the workshop is to bring together relevant stakeholders,
like EU and Member State impact assessment practitioners and
experts , to share their experiences and views on how to improve
consideration of environmental impacts in impact assessments.
Based on the project’s findings, suggestions will be
made on how to improve consideration of environmental impacts
within impact assessment.