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From Red Tape to Smart Tape

Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries

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“Too much red tape” is a common complaint from businesses and citizens in OECD countries. This report analyses proven approaches commonly adopted by governments to reduce and streamline  administrative procedures like one-stop shops (physical and electronic), simplification of permits and licence procedures, time limits for decision-making, methods to measure administrative burdens, regulatory-compliance assistance for small and medium-size companies, and increasing reliance on IT-based solutions.

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Administrative Simplification in the Netherlands

The alleviation of administrative burdens on enterprises in the Netherlands is firmly on the political agenda as part of the broader regulatory quality and reform plans. The government has placed a large emphasis on the institutionalisation of administrative simplification. An independent institution set up by the government to facilitate administrative burden reduction, called ACTAL, has been a crucial driver of initiatives. The empirical scientific underpinning offered by MISTRAL, a methodology to measure burdens, helps to maintain a cost-focused pragmatic approach to administrative simplification. Based on these tools, the ...

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