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.




In 2008, the OECD and the European Union jointly launched the EU 15 Project to assess the capacities for effective regulatory management across the EU through individual reviews of 15 member states. Since then, however, new challenges have emerged. There has been a significant erosion of people’s trust in institutions, and citizens are increasingly sceptical about the capacity of governments to address a growing number of concerns, including rising inequalities, migration flows, climate change and the disruption caused by new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence. These challenges, along with the regulatory uncertainty caused by Brexit, put increasing pressure and demands on the EU and its member states as they seek to make regulations work better for their citizens.


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