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.


Stakeholder engagement across the European Union

Engaging with those concerned and affected by regulations is fundamental to improve the quality of regulations, to strengthen public trust in government and to enhance compliance with regulations. This chapter discusses the stakeholder engagement practices in each EU Member State and the European Union based on the results of the 2018 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance. It assesses the use of stakeholder engagement in all EU Member States at various stages of policy development, on their own regulatory proposals as well as those of the European Commission. The chapter also addresses the communication tools currently used by EU countries when engaging with stakeholders and whether stakeholders receive feedback on how their comments were taken into account.


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