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Quo vadis, EU evidence-based policy making? Addressing the “evidence – policy” gap


Quo vadis, EU evidence-based policy making? Addressing the “evidence – policy” gap

In theory, the EU policy decision-making process is based on the principal that excellence, independence, accountability and efficiency in science or evidence-based advice should inform political choices.
Independent scientific advice bodies, most notably the “Science Advice Mechanism” (SAM) established in 2015, inform the European Commission and offer independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision-making. But can science give us all the answers when it comes to policy making? How often do science and data-based policy solutions take the citizen’s perspective into account? Is the changing dynamic of policy making resulting in politicians sometimes following populist voices rather than making objective decisions?
What is the right balance of evidence and interest, and how can policymakers square that circle?
EURACTIV invites you to this workshop to discuss the way forward in effective decision-making.
Questions will include:

- ‘Policy-based evidence’ or ‘evidence-based policy’? What should the ideal balance of scientific data and policy be in the decision-making process?
- Trustworthy data sources: industry, NGOs, academia?
- Should all data be taken into consideration throughout the decision-making process? How can the decision-making process be even more inclusive?
- What decision-making tools, processes and structures must be in place to ensure successful evidence-based policy?
- What does success looks like? What are examples of good science-based policymaking?
To register for this event, please send an email to Your registration is finalised once you've received a confirmation email.

Supported by:


Musical Instrument Museum
Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles


Daniel Guéguen, Visiting professor, College of Europe, Associate partner EPPA
Daniel Colgan, Partner, DLA Piper
Ramunas Macius, RRP Corporate Development Vice President, JTI


Ross Melzer, EU Affairs Director, EURACTIV


17:30 – 18:00 Registrations
18:00 – 18:30 Opening statements
18:30 – 19:30 Discussion and Q&A


Simona Ovesea
+32 (0)2 788 36 86

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