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Study–Public Consultation
WTO rules require that members adopt public consultation measures when enacting trade-related legislation. Effective public consultation forms an integral part of the policy-making process. Public consultation not only ensures democratic accountability of policies and regulations, but in many cases can also provide policymakers with in-depth expertise on complex issues. In general, public consultation helps ensure that multiple considerations and perspectives are taken into account before implementation of legislation. 

There are currently some pilot projects of public comment systems in place at the city level in China, however, no nationwide mechanism exists yet. This study aims to highlight public consultation mechanisms and best practice in the EU with a view to how these practices may be adopted in China.

The study will be completed and available for download by October 2006.