Tuesday 21 March 2023

Public Consultation Feedback: EU-Cabo Verde Fisheries Agreement and Protocol – Way forward

The Malta Sociological Association (MSA, registered voluntary organization VO1323 - Malta) submitted its feedback to the European Commission's public consultation "EU-Cabo Verde Fisheries Agreement and Protocol – Way forward"

"MSA emphasizes that the entire policy process should employ social impact assessments in an ongoing process.

 The International Principles for Social Impact Assessment defines SIA as being “the processes of analysing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects) and any social change processes invoked by those interventions”.

 An SIA is an interdisciplinary process, and should employ various methods, both quantitative and qualitativeSocial impact assessments should not be one-off exercises: To the contrary, they should be ongoing processes which engage with various stakeholders and which report back so as to ensure effective policy processes.

 In this regard, you may refer to international SIA standards, for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment". 

Reference: Frank Vanclay (2003) International Principles For Social Impact Assessment, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 21:1, 5-a12, DOI: 10.3152/147154603781766491.