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.



Regulatory impact assessment across the European Union

Regulatory impact assessment (RIA) is a key tool for policy makers to decide on whether and how to regulate to achieve public policy goals. RIA assists policy makers in identifying the most efficient and effective policy before making a decision. The use of RIA has expanded over the past 30 years across EU countries. This chapter analyses the EU’s and EU Member States’ use of RIA and explores how EU Member States consider various options and impacts when conducting RIA. It also includes a discussion of the application of individual Member State’s RIA requirements to regulatory proposals of the European Commission.


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