Sustainable development in European Commission's Impact Assessments for 2003

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 December 2004

Citation

(2004), "Sustainable development in European Commission's Impact Assessments for 2003", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 5 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijshe.2004.24905dae.006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Sustainable development in European Commission's Impact Assessments for 2003

Following the launch of the EU's Sustainable Development Strategy and the Better Regulation Action Plan, in 2003 the Commission introduced a new system of integrated impact assessment for all of its major policy proposals. This was to incorporate a form of sustainability impact assessment (SIA), taking full account of all significant economic, environmental and social factors. This IEEP report for the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) assesses how far the extended impact assessments produced in 2003 actually reflect sustainable development considerations. It highlights several weaknesses in the new system, and makes a number of recommendations for strengthening it. Download the report from www.ieep.org.uk/PDFfiles/PUBLICATIONS/IEEP_ExIA_report.pdf