Feasibility study of an ex-ante impact assessment of political parties’ environmental proposals in the context of election programmes in Flanders
Following the elections of 26 May 2019, the Federal Planning Bureau has already calculated a range of measures from election programmes of 13 political parties. This ex-ante impact assessment took place mainly at a budgetary and socio-economic level and at the level of the federal government. At the elections in 2014, Bill 14 has already provided an ex-ante impact assessment of a number of policy measures for the Flemish parties, as well as at socio-economic level. A tradition has already existed in the Netherlands for decades of assessing the impact of measures in electoral party programs, both socio-economic topics and those related to the environment, climate, renewable energy and urban planning. The Flemish government, the Department of the Environment, is inspired by these examples to investigate whether and which impact assessments are possible in Flanders for its policy topics.
IDEA Consult supports the Department of the Environment in formulating an answer to feasibility. The study, in addition to a systematic analysis of the election programmes of the Flemish parties, includes an inventory of existing instruments and models and is building further on the experiences that are acquired by the Federal Planning Office and Bill 14 as well as those of the Planning Office for the Living Environment in the Netherlands. Environmental topics such as climate, energy and urban planning are the focus of the impact assessment. Feasibility is analysed from three angles 1) topics (scope), 2) process and 3) resources.