Regulatory Quality in Europe. Sandra Klavina, State Chancellery of Latvia Regional Strategic Workshop on Impact Assessment Riga, Latvia 2-4 February, 2005 Organized by Open Society Institute and UNDP. The Best P ractice – I ncentives for EU. USA – Government Performance and Results
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Regulatory Quality in Europe
State Chancellery of Latvia
Regional Strategic Workshop on Impact Assessment
Riga, Latvia 2-4 February, 2005
Organized by Open Society Institute and UNDP
The Best Practice – Incentives for EU
USA – Government Performance and Results
Act (1993) – strategic planning;
Australia – Financial Management and
Accountability Act (1997) – accrual- based
New Zealand – Fiscal responsibility Act (1994),Strategic Result Areas (1995) – on outputs based accrual appropriations, outputs towards outcomes.
White Paper on European Governance
(July 2001) – proposals for change:
better involvement and more openness;
better policies, regulation and delivery;
Mandelkern report on Better Regulation( 2001):
Principles of Better Regulation:
necessity, proportionality, subsidiarity, transparency,
accountability, accessibility, simplicity.
Tools of Regulatory Quality:
alternatives to regulation, impact assessment,
consultation, simplification, access to regulation.
Commision’s Communication on Impact Assessment (COM (2002)276, June 2002):
added value of introducing Impact
gradual implementation of IA procedures;
coverage of IA;
the two stages of IA;
the main components of extended IA.
Annual the Commission’s Legislative and Work
Programes (from 2003):
Outlook and challenges;
Commission priorities for every year;
List of legislative proposals and no- legislative acts;
Impact assessment annexes.
Technical guidelines for impact assessment
and cost- benefit analysis (2002).
Commission report on Impact Assessment: Next steps - In support of competitiveness and sustainable development SEC(2004)1377 (October 2004):
Defined IA questions;
Revised list of impacts to be considered in an IA.
Technical guidelines, handbook and technical annexes for impact assessment.
Better Regulation Structure
Directors of Better Regulation (DBR) – informal
Economic Policy Committee (EPC)- identification of
best practice, methods for assessing administrative
burden put on business by EU legislation;
European Public Administration Network (EPAN) – BR
is one of the working areas;
High level Group on Competitiveness (HLG) – review
current criteria used by the EU in IA process in relation
to the competitiveness.
Slow legislation and slow implementation process;
One directive – different Impact Assessment
results in member states;
In many cases simplification is only regarded
as reducing of administrative burden for SME;
Luck of knowledge to use theory in practice;
Luck of experience in ex- post evaluations in
new member states.
To introduce indicators for Regulation Quality;
To introduce Performance Measurement
To involve new member states in different
surveys and IA projects (The RIA Initiative –
specific project of DBR);
To expand understanding of simplification;