This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320294


Working Paper on assessing policy implications for EU citizenship (Deliverable 11.1)

June 21, 2016

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.

  1. How narrow or broad should the scope on EU citizenship be?
  2. What perspective or perspectives on impact assessment match which scope on EU citizenship?
  3. What characteristics of the policy goals and policy processes related to EU citizenship have to be taken into account in designing an impact assessment tool?
  4. On what forms of impact and on what subjects and issues should an impact assessment for EU citizenship focus? What do the preliminary results of the bEUcitizen project research teach us about the appropriate focus and subjects of such an assessment framework and tools?
  5. What requirements should impact assessment tool for EU citizenship meet in order to be integrated in existing practices of impact assessment on the level of the EC and the governments of the member states?

Read the working paper here.