OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015

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Regulations are the rules that govern the everyday life of businesses and citizens. They are an essential instrument in the hands of government to promote economic growth, social welfare and environmental protection. However, regulations can also be costly and ineffective in achieving their objectives. The Regulatory Policy Outlook is the first evidence-based analysis of the progress made by countries to improve the way they regulate. Based on a unique survey filled by all OECD countries and the European Commission, the Outlook assesses progress in establishing the conditions for good regulation. It provides unique insights into the organisation and institutional settings in countries to design, enforce and revise regulations. It uncovers the areas of the regulatory cycle that receive too limited attention from policy makers, and identifies actors who have an important part to play to improve the way regulations are developed, implemented and evaluated. It reviews the use of three critical tools of regulatory policy (Regulatory Impact Assessment, stakeholder engagement and ex post evaluation) and proposes options to use them in a more strategic manner to inform the development and delivery of regulations.

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The development of Better Regulation policies in Portugal is relatively recent compared with other OECD countries. Portugal has made significant efforts to bring down administrative burdens and to modernise its public administration. More recently, the Simplificar programme further extends the modernisation and simplification efforts (see box below) and also aims at promoting more systematic and comprehensive ex ante and ex post evaluation of regulations. Political responsibility for administrative modernisation is vested with the State Secretary for Administrative Modernisation located within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers at the centre of government. The State Secretary oversees the Agency for Administrative Modernisation which is in charge of the execution of the simplification programmes.

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