Our team discussed policy screening at the ReMeP 2020!

A screening tool for policy proposals? Takeaways from the ReMeP 2020 Conference

Published on: 22/06/2020

Cécile Guasch from our legal interoperability team presented our ideas on a screening tool for policy proposals at the Research Meets Practice (ReMeP) 2020 conference.

We were thrilled by the fruitful discussion we had in the session on How to check ICT impacts of legislation!

Here are our key takeaways:

  • Involving an interdisciplinary team in policy drafting is key to consider all aspects and impacts of legislation. In particular, using technologies and tools in policymaking requires that lawyers, engineers and software developers are able to communicate with each other.
  • Guidelines for policymakers are not sufficient. ICT fitness guidelines are important, but there is a stronger appetite for rather practical tools and solutions. For instance, we discussed the development of "intelligent" tools suggesting terminology or simple language structures and analysing existing legislation to improve legal drafting.
  • To be developed, these tools need collective intelligence and community. They need open technologies and quality data bases and people to develop and use those. But tools are not yet as intelligent as humans.
  • Skills are key to apply and further develop these tools! Further training on different aspects related to law and technology is essential to build the capacity needed at the EU, national and regional levels.

Check out the attached presentation with our ideas on a digital screening tool and join the discussion! Here are a few questions for you:

  • Do you see a need for such a screening tool?
  • Would you add functionalities to this tool?
  • What ideas should we discard?

Do not hesitate to post any questions or comments below or to contact us directly @ EU-legal-interoperability@ec.europa.eu