Better Regulation in Europe: Belgium 2010

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This report maps and analyses the core issues which together make up effective regulatory management for Belgium, 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.


Executive Summary

The need to strengthen the economy and its competitiveness is reflected in policies to promote effective regulatory quality and management. The General Policy Statement of the federal Minister for Economy and Administrative Simplification of April 2008 specifies the modernisation of regulation as one of the actions to be undertaken to promote the competitiveness of the economy, and defines the elimination and simplification of regulations as strategic objectives. The Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels governments have also linked Better Regulation to their efforts to sustain economic competitiveness and development. Belgian enterprises have lent their strong support to these objectives. The Federation of Belgian Enterprises has underlined that tackling the volume, as well as the quality of regulations, is an “absolute necessity” for competitiveness.


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