Changes in the Swedish Better Regulation Council


From the first of January 2015, Regelrådet, The Swedish Better Regulation Council will become a permanent independent decision making body within the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. The independent scrutiny of impact assessments by The Swedish Better Regulation Council will continue within the new organisation. Since 2008, The Swedish Better Regulation Council has been an independent committee of inquiry appointed by the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Transport and Energy.

From the first of January 2015, The Swedish Better Regulation Council will have a partly different mission. The independent scrutiny of impact assessments stays the same. The scrutiny and assessment of the administrative costs will however now be included in the overall judgement of the impact assessment. The opinions of the Council will thus have a slightly different structure. The task to assess impact assessments of proposals from the European Commission upon request from ministries remains the same. The Swedish Better Regulation Council will also continue its international relations, for example as one of the members of RegWatchEurope.

Another change is that the secretariat’s support and training to regulators and committees regarding impact assessments will now be a part of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

I also want to seize the opportunity to present my thanks to the chairwoman of the Swedish Better Regulation Council, Ms Karin Lindell, who steps down from her position by the end of December this year. Karin has with her competence and commitment contributed greatly to the mission of the Swedish Better Regulation Council and to the work on Better Regulation.

The now permanent Swedish Better Regulation Council is looking forward to continue its collaboration with you in 2015 and onwards in the field of Better Regulation.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christina ForsDirector

Annual report 2014 from NKR


In its annual report for 2014 NKR presents ten Key messages that make up important events over the year and recommendations for the future. Some of these are:

  • In 2014 there has been a sharp increace in compliance costs, mostly accounted for by an introduction of a statuatory minimum wage.
  • A new governmental work programme on Better Regulation was adopted in June 2014.
  • To improve the legislative procedures when negociating on new EU-law the Federal Government should promote cost-saving arrangements during the preperations of new legislative proposals by the Commission and during deliverations at the Council of Ministers.
  • New clear-cut regulation on limiting and/or reducing red tape and the statutory follow-up costs in Germany needs to be put in place. This will keep up the ambition and interest within the Federal Government.

The annuual report can be found here (pdf 1 MB).


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.


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