Impact Assessment on substantive EP amendments to the proposal on legal aid (2016)
Client: European Parliament
The aim of the study was to conduct an ex-ante impact assessment of seven substantive amendments to the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on provisional legal aid for suspects and accused persons deprived of liberty and legal aid in European Arrest Warrant Proceedings. These amendments were adopted by the LIBE Committee in May 2015.
In particular, the specific objectives of this study were to:
- Assess the socio-economic impact (costs and benefits) of the amendments;
- Evaluate the impact of the amendments on fundamental rights;
- Develop and analyse alternative scenarios for amendments 31 and 42 aiming to reflect the different positions of the three EU institutions, namely the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council. For the remaining amendments the positions of the Commission and the Parliament were analysed.
The study built upon the proposed directive of the European Commission as a baseline and took into account the findings of the Commission’s impact assessment. While the qualitative analysis explored the impact on fundamental rights in ten selected Member States the quantitative analysis covered all the 28 EU MS.