Better Regulation in Europe: Finland 2010

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

Finland has been one of the best performers of the OECD, with high levels of income and quality of life. The impact on the Finnish economy of the global slowdown following the 2008 financial crisis has been felt acutely, hitting Finnish exports and production disproportionately hard. Weakening competitiveness, and exposure to the hard-hit ICT and capital goods sectors, has contributed to a faster and deeper drop in GDP than in most comparable countries. At the same time, and in common with many other European countries, Finland faces the need to sustain a high standard of public services when financial resources for the public sector are under strain. The public sector is large by OECD standards. This challenging context implies, among other actions, raising productivity and efficiency, and the government has committed to reducing numbers within the public service.


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