High Level Group on Administrative Burdens presents its Final Report




On Tuesday the 14th of Oct. the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens, the so called Stoiber-group, presented its Final Report. The group, which was put in place by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso in 2007 and chaired by the former Prime Minister of Bavaria Dr. Edmund Stoiber, has  during its mandate adopted more than 45 opinions and reports which present to the European Commission several hundred suggestions on how to reduce administrative burdens and outline best practice in the Member States on implementing EU legislation in the least burdensome way.

The Swedish Better Regulation Council attended the event when the Final Report was presented in its role as observers to the Stoiber-group.  The event marked the final meeting of the HLG on administrative burdens.

To read the Final Report, see here.

Actal publish its Work Programme 2015 ”Less regulatory burden, more room for innovation”


The Work Programme of 2015 has now been published by Actal. In it the priorities for the upcoming year are set out. The theme of Actal Work Programme 2015 is room for innovation which according to Actal should result in a regulatory burden policy that allows entrepreneurs to create new business activities and that ensures that citizens and professionals are better able to shape their lives and work in accordance with their own judgment. Furthermore the decentralization within the government will also be a priority during the year. Especially what consequences decentralization has on the regulatory burden for business and citizens.

To read the Actal Work Programme 2015, see here.


RegwatchEurope presents its position paper A Smart Agenda for the New European Commission


The 10th of September The Swedish Better Regulation Council together with its four counterparts in RegwatchEurope organised a breakfast seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels. At the seminar, RegwatchEurope presented its newly written position paper adressed to the new European Commission.  In the position paper, RegwatchEurope welcomes and encourage the ambition stated by the chair of the European Commission Mr. J.C Juncker to continue and enhance the work with Smart Regulation. Among several recommendations put forward in the position paper two where that:

  • The overall regulatory burden faced by business, in particular small and medium sized businesses, needs to be adressed
  • Embed the expertise of an independent advisory body to assess the quality of European impact assessments

Participating at the breakfast seminar  and the discussions on how the agends for Smart Regulation should be developed were RegwatchEurope together with around ten members of Parliament, civil servants of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Business Europe and other representatives from various business organisations

To read the position paper of RegwatchEurope, see here.


Have a nice summer!


The Swedish Better Regulation Council want to wish a happy summer. The last meeting for this spring will be held next week at the 25th of June. The Council will then be back for the first meeting after the summer on August 27th. During the summer the secretariat will be staffed so do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail

Happy summer

Annual report 2013 from Actal



Regelrådets counterpart in the Netherlands, Actal, has just released its annual report for 2013 in an english version.

Read the full report here.

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