Green economy  |  Publications  |  30.05.2014

Proofing the European Commission's Competitiveness Proofing

This study, realised by the Ecologic Institute for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament conducts a critical evaluation of the European Commission’s Competitiveness Proofing methodology.

This study, realised by the Ecologic Institute for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament conducts a critical evaluation of the European Commission’s Competitiveness Proofing methodology.

In these difficult times of recession and economic instability, the European Commission wanted to responde to the pressing need for better-targeted tools to boost productivity and growth. In 2012 the EU Commission complements the 2009 Guidelines The Commission Impact Assessment. These guidelines offers operational support to impact assessment teams with regard to impact on competitiveness and outlines the major steps and questions one may ask when performing competitiveness proofing.

However, from the green perspective, there is the feeling that Competitiveness Proofing doesn’t formulate the concrete measures and the log-term strategies required in the European economy, neither take into consideration that the current economic structures need to change to shift to a more sustainable economy.

In summary, the Ecological Institute suggests that the methodology of the European Commission in Competitiveness Proofing would need to take into account the whole economy, to integrate environmental protection requirements considering long-term sustainability, flexibility and resilience, innovation capacity, and dynamic competitiveness of the European economy.

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