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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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Synthesis Report

Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries

Governments increasingly focus on efforts to make administrative regulations simpler and less burdensome for citizens and business in OECD countries. This report looks at a set of commonly used tools and practices, such as one-stop shops (physical as well as electronic), simplification of permits and licence procedures, time limits for decision-making, assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing regulation, methods to measure administrative burdens, organisational and structural approaches to administrative simplification, and, the use of IT-driven mechanisms. The use of these instruments are leading to ...

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