On Thursday 5 September 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the European Commission’s public consultations in policy-making.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The auditors assessed whether the Commission's public consultations were effective at reaching out to citizens and stakeholders and making use of their contributions. They examined a selection of recent online consultations, including on seasonal clock changes, migration measures and agricultural policy. The auditors also conducted a perception survey to find out how satisfied participants in consultations actually were.
The report is expected to recognise the high standard of the Commission's framework and participants' overall satisfaction with the public consultation process, but point to shortcomings in its outreach and feedback activities. The auditors are expected to make a number of recommendations, including on monitoring and assessment of citizens' contributions.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The Commission consults citizens and stakeholders in all areas of EU action and throughout the policy cycle. They can also share their views at any stage from the initiation to the evaluation of EU policies through its “Have Your Say" portal. The Commission conducts over 100 public consultations a year.
The ECA's special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.