Better Regulation in Europe: Denmark 2010

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

Regulatory reform has been on the agenda of the Danish government for over two decades. Initial policies for regulatory quality and simplification were established in the early 1980s as part of a comprehensive deregulation programme to modernise the economy. They aimed at removing regulations harmful to the competitiveness of the business sector. Over the years the focus of policy moved from “deregulation” to “regulatory quality”. Better Regulation policy today is part of Denmark’s set of forward-looking reforms to sustain the positive economic and social performance of recent years. The government’s current reform programme aims to address upcoming social and economic challenges, and puts fiscal sustainability as the overarching objective. Improving public services is another central element of the government’s strategy. The aim of the Quality Reform launched by the government in August 2007 is to create a more efficient administration and unlock resources which can be used to improve welfare services. The importance attached to Better Regulation reflects these aims, and Better Regulation is seen as a means of contributing not only to the competitiveness of the economy, but also to meeting social and quality of life goals.


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