Better Regulation in Europe: Austria 2010
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Better Regulation in Europe: Austria 2010

This report maps and analyses the core issues which together make up effective regulatory management for Austria, laying down a framework of what should be driving regulatory policy and reform in the future. Issues examined include: strategy and policies for improving regulatory management; institutional capacities for effective regulation and the broader policy making context; transparency and processes for effective public consultation and communication; processes for the development of new regulations, including impact assessment and for the management of the regulatory stock, including administrative burdens; compliance rates, enforcement policy and appeal processes; and the multilevel dimension: interface between different levels of government and interface between national processes and those of the EU. This book is part of a project examining better regulation, being carried out in partnership with the European Commission.

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Publication Date :
15 Sep 2010
DOI :
10.1787/9789264094772-en
 
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Author(s):
OECD
Pages :
13–36
DOI :
10.1787/9789264094772-3-en

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Austria has one of the higher rates of GDP per capita levels in Europe. Like other OECD countries, it has however, been challenged by the effects of the economic and fiscal crisis. The Austrian government has improved its processes for strategic planning of public expenditure through budget reforms to set explicit performance targets for all key public services to facilitate the assessment of the costs of public activities against their social benefits and lead to efficient programme design. This output based budgeting will be enforced from 2013. In addition, strategies focused on reducing the administrative burdens on business and citizens are intended to improve the efficiency of the public sector. However, the OECD Economic Review (OECD 2009) also identified that, in the long-term, structural reforms in product and labour markets held the potential to boost output, improve trend growth and raise average per capita income levels. It encouraged an assessment of the impacts of prevailing regulations on cost, productivity and price outcomes in specific areas to identify the resulting impacts on potential supply and employment, and for targeted regulatory reforms to close these gaps. A policy goal of Better Regulation is ensuring that regulation promotes entrepreneurship and a competitive private sector, and achieves policy objectives at least cost to society. This at least points to the potential for Better Regulation strategies to improve the competitiveness of the economy through, for example, improved ex ante and ex post review of the effectiveness of regulation.