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Final report 2009-2014

2015-05-11

Final report 2009-2014Regelrådet has in late January 2015 handed over to the Minister of Enterprise its Final Report for its time as a committee of inquiry. The report includes an Annual Report for 2014. The report gives an overview of all Regelrådet’s activities and the most important developments of these years and is now available in English.

During the period 2009–2014, Regelrådet delivered 1,053 opinions. Regelrådet points out in the report that only Thirty-nine (39) per cent of the impact assessments were assessed as complying with the requirements. The result has thus not trended in the desired direction when looking at the trend over time. In the opinion of Regelrådet, the result is alarming and indicates that vigorous efforts are needed to deal with the problems.

In the report the Council puts forward a number of recommendations to the Swedish government on how to accomplish this. The Council also presents statistics showing the government and the agencies’ results/performances concerning the quality of impact assessments.

The Final report can be found here (pdf 3 MB)

New chairman appointed to the Swedish Better Regulation Council

2014-12-22

The government has decided on a new chairman of the Swedish Better Regulation Council from 1 January 2015. The new chairman will be Pernilla Lundqvist, PhD in economics, from the University of Gothenburg. Pernilla is also accounting specialist at KPMG in Gothenburg. In addition to her work at KPMG, she is a member of FAR’s policy group for accounting and financial expert in the Court of Appeal and expert in Government’s accounting investigation where there is a clear simplification perspective.

The Government has also appointed two new deputies (instead of Christina Ramberg and Sten Nyberg). These are Ebba Sjögren (Associate Professor from the Stockholm School of Economics) and Håkan Boter (professor at Umeå University).

Changes in the Swedish Better Regulation Council

2014-12-19

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.

The Swedish Better Regulation Council can be reached via regelradet@regelradet.se or the web page www.regelradet.se/en/

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christina Fors
Director

Annual report 2014 from NKR

2014-12-16

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 increase in compliance costs, mostly accounted for by an introduction of a statutory minimum wage.
  • A new government work programme on Better Regulation was adopted in June 2014.
  • To improve the legislative procedures when negotiating on new EU-law the Federal Government should promote cost-saving arrangements during the preparations 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 annual report can be found here (pdf 1 MB).

 

High Level Group on Administrative Burdens presents its Final Report

2014-10-20

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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.

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The Swedish Better Regulation Council is a special decision-making body under the umbrella of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. The members of the Council are appointed by the government. The Council is responsible for its own decisions. Its tasks is to review and issue opinions on the quality of impact assessments to proposals with effects to business. The Council shall also on request from regulators review impact assessments on EU-proposals that are assessed to have a great impact to businesses in Sweden.

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