One of the goals of the FP7 project All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards European Citizenship (acronym: bEUcitizen) is to provide policy and decision makers on both the level of the EU and the level of the member states, with knowledge, guidance and tools that can be used to identify possible barriers (and opportunities) for exercising European Union citizenship. Here, an impact assessment framework and practical tools for executing impact assessments may be useful. Impact assessment is the systematic ex-ante evaluation of the likely or possible consequences of policies, programs, projects, laws and other forms of regulation for, in this case, EU citizenship. In this working paper we explore how an EU citizenship impact assessment framework, or impact assessment tools, can look like and on what these should focus. Based on existing literature and outcomes of the bEUcitizen project so far, we identify what impact assessment approaches are favorable, what elements should be included, what requirements should be met (the framework) and what concrete instruments, guidelines and other tools may be useful. To do so, we address five questions.
Read the working paper here.