The fifth Annual Report from the Swedish Better Regulation Council (Regelrådet) is now available in English.
The Council has received 446 referrals and 3 EU impact assessments to review over the course of 2013. The approval rate overall has decreased from 74% for 2012 to 52% in 2013 and the number of acceptable impact assessments is 35% for 2013.
The good news are, as previously reported, that the Swedish Government has allocated funding for the Council as a permanent feature from 2015 and onwards in the Budget Bill for 2014.
Since August 2011, the Swedish Better Regulation Council has been tasked with reporting changes to businesses’ administrative costs as stated in the impact assessments that are submitted. The report for 2013 shows that should all proposals be implemented, they will result in an annual net increase of approx. SEK 290 million (approx. 33 000000 Euro) in recurring administrative costs as well as additional initial administrative costs of approx. SEK 690 million (approx. 78 000000 Euro). However, the majority of these costs are accounted for by a small number of proposals.
Read the full report here: Regelrådet Annual Report 2013 (pdf)