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Reform Support

Strengthen regulatory impact assessment in Portugal

for the Technical Unit for Legislative Impact Assessment within Legal Centre of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (JurisAPP-UTAI)

Support to be delivered

The support provided by the Commission's SRSS and the OECD was delivered by a local team based in Lisbon and by international experts.

The support measures consisted of:

  • analysing current impact assessment processes and making recommendations;
  • assessing the current costs of complying with Portuguese regulations and making recommendations;
  • providing training on impact assessments; and
  • a statistical study on the costs for businesses of complying with Portuguese regulations.

Results achieved

Support from the SRSS led to the following results:

  • The Council of Ministers adopted on 8 June 2018 a resolution to extend the mandate of JurisAPP-UTAIL. This resolution makes regulatory impact assessments compulsory, requires analysis to be stepped up, adds the requirement for subsequent evaluation and extends stakeholder engagement.