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Comparing Administrative Burdens across Countries

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Cutting red tape to improve business conditions has become a priority in OECD countries. This pilot study measures and compares administrative burdens in the transport sector across eleven member countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Turkey. The aim of the exercise is twofold: to identify good practices and provide input for national simplification strategies, and to develop and test a method for cross-country comparison. This report is published in English only. However, a French translation of the executive summary has been included in this volume.

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The Red Tape Assessment – A Way to Simplify Administration

This chapter outlines the methodology for the Red Tape Assessment which is adapted from the Standard Cost Model. This is an accounting methodology used to build up a proxy for the costs of administrative burden (principally information obligations) imposed by regulation based on the time that it takes “a normally efficient business”. This is then applied across the population of the business sector to which it applies. The outcomes can then be compared across countries to identify the relative burdens and opportunities for simplifying and reducing the administrative burdens in each country.

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