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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

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

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.

initial steps

Initial Steps

White Paper on European Governance

(July 2001) – proposals for change:

better involvement and more openness;

better policies, regulation and delivery;

global governance;

refocused institutions.

initial steps1

Initial Steps

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.

key documents

Key Documents

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.

key documents1

Key Documents

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).

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Key Documents

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

Better Regulation Structure

Directors of Better Regulation (DBR) – informal

intergovernmental group;

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.

future intentions

Future Intentions

To introduce indicators for Regulation Quality;

To introduce Performance Measurement

in ministries;

To involve new member states in different

surveys and IA projects (The RIA Initiative –

specific project of DBR);

To expand understanding of simplification;

Educational events.