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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.

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Ex post review of laws and regulations across the European Union

Only after laws have entered into force can governments assess their full effects and their impacts on the society. Many of the features of an economy or society of relevance to particular regulations will change over time, so even regulations that are fit for purpose may become outdated over time. To ensure that regulations remain appropriate, countries should regularly review their stock of existing regulations. Ex post evaluation of regulations however remains relatively undeveloped among OECD members and many EU countries. This chapter assesses the use of ex post evaluations across all EU Member States and the European Union. It discusses how EU countries use different approaches to ex post evaluation as well as whether EU Member States have a sound methodology for ex post evaluation in place. It concludes by providing information on the entities that typically prepare ex post evaluations, as well as how stakeholders can be involved.

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