This impact assessment looks back at an audit of the sustainability of plaice and sole fishing we carried out in 2008. The audit had considered the catch quota policy and its enforcement, and innovation in the fishing industry. We assessed what follow-up had been given to the recommendations we had made in 2008 and the state of the cutter fishing fleet in 2012.
European rules on public procurement are complicated and compliance is poor throughout Europe, including in the Netherlands. The European Commission accordingly wishes to revise its procurement directives. The Dutch government in turn wishes to revise the national rules based on the directives. The Netherlands Court of Audit has investigated the potential consequences of: (a) a revision of the threshold above which European procurement procedures are compulsory; (b) an obligation to divide public contracts into 'lots' to make them more accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and (c) stricter supervision of compliance with the rules.