Better Regulation Practices across the European Union

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Laws and regulations affect the daily lives of businesses and citizens. High-quality laws promote national welfare and growth, while badly designed laws hinder growth, harm the environment and put the health of citizens at risk. This report analyses practices to improve the quality of laws and regulations across all 28 EU Member States and the European Union. It systematically assesses the use of evidence and stakeholder participation in the design and review of domestic laws and regulations based on the OECD Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance. It also provides insights into individual Member States’ use of regulatory management tools as they relate to EU laws. The report presents good regulatory practices and highlights areas that should receive further attention and investment.



Better regulation and institutional oversight across the European Union

In the European Union (EU), regulatory policy was advanced under the better regulation agenda, which played a crucial role in shaping the current Commission’s regulatory processes. At the same time, many EU Member States recognised better regulation as an important part of an effective public governance. This chapter explores the history and recent developments of the EU better regulation agenda and presents an overview of the 2018 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance results for all EU Member States and the European Union. It also covers the application of individual EU Member States’ regulatory management tools to EU‑made laws and regulations. It concludes by providing information on the institutional setup for regulatory oversight and different oversight functions currently carried out across EU Member States.


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