With reference to the consultation document on Smart Regulation Common Position Paper of the five European independent advisory boards for cutting red tape and better regulation has been sent to the European Commission. The Advisory board on regulatory burden (ACTAL), the Nationaler Normenkontrollrat (NKR), the Swedish Better Regulation Council (Regelrådet), the Regulatory Impact Assessment Board (RIAB) and the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) are independent bodies to advise respectively the Dutch, German, Swedish, Czech and British governments on smart regulation in general and the overall regulatory burden, including administrative burden reduction in particular. We believe that the EU should continue to reinforce its programmes on smart regulation. As the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens will end in 2012 a new programme needs to be developed in order to keep the achievements already made as well as to strive for further improvements. A new programme on smart regulation which includes an ambitious aim to reduce the overall regulatory burden should be launched in 2013. In our common position paper we highlight the following priorities.
– Carrying out impact assessments for every new regulatory proposal
– Improving the informative value of roadmaps
– Making the Commission´s Impact Assessment Board more independent
– Systematic ex post-evaluations from the end users perspective
– Strengthening the role of the High Level Group
– Consulting the public