Developing a Checklist for Assessing Legislation on Practicability and Enforceability

In the policy debate on better legislation at the European and national level, there is a growing consensus on the need to address the implementation deficit. There is real evidence of practicability and enforceability problems caused by the way legislation is designed and written and by poor implementation conditions. The checklist is designed to enable actors and stakeholders in the legislative and implementation process to assess EU environmental legislation (and associated national legislation and implementation efforts) on various aspects of practicability and enforceability, both ex ante and ex post. A list of questions is contained in this report – it can be used as a checklist, an aide-mémoire or as a questionnaire depending on the needs and interests of the user.

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