Signifcantly expanding and reorienting com-5.munication eorts.
Dedicated communicationssta within IPAL are needed to present messagesto the public and ensure that businesses know how to take advantage o the reorms; as well as to learnrom businesses on what else can be done or needsto be done dierently;
Improving data quality,6.
transparency and acces-sibility to compliance cost measurements. New measures could include: a central database, clearlinks rom aggregated burdens to specifc regula-tory obligations, and public access to cost data andmeasurements.
Recent Regulatory Reorm Initiatives
The release o the 2007 report coincided with the po-litical election cycle and with associated preparations o a new coalition agreement. Announced on 17 February 2007, the Coalition Agreement o the Balkenende IV Government set out a number o high-level prioritiesor the continued eorts to reduce regulatory burdensor businesses.
A subsequent White Paper (July 2007)expanded and elaborated on these commitments.
Ma- jor new initiatives to-date include:
Creation o the Regulatory Reorm Group and
strengthening o Actal.
The group integrates theormer project unit, IPAL (Ministry o Finance), with three separate units previously dealing withdierent aspects o regulatory impacts on busi-nesses in the Ministry o Economic Aairs. Lo-cated in Ministry o Finance, the group reportsto the Secretaries o State or Finance and orEconomic Aairs. The group reports biannually to Parliament and on an ad-hoc basis to a Min-isterial Steering Committee on Regulatory Pres-sure headed by the Prime Minister. Actal has beenre-established as a statutory body with both regu-latory review and advisory unctions; the newly-appointed Wientjes Business Advisory Commit-tee o private sector representatives oers eedback on the Government’s regulatory reorm initiatives.(This action gets an A+ in terms o addressing thefrst issue identifed by our 2007 report)
A shit towards other regulatory impacts
includ-ing through a systematic attention to regulatory “annoyance costs” and separate monitoring o en-terprise perceptions; through the review o com-pliance costs o the 30 most problematic laws asseen rom the businesses’ perspective; and throughthe new ocus on the quality o regulatory ser- vices and transactions provided by public agencies.(This action gets an A- in addressing the secondrecommendation o our 2007 report)
New administrative burden reduction targets, to be
achieved by 2011.
The Government has announceda number o new 25% burden reduction targets tobe achieved or i) administrative burdens (net); andii) burdens associated with government inspections.Furthermore burdens associated with applying orgovernment grants will be reduced “substantially”. Inaddition, the government has reached an agreement with the association o local governments on a 25%reduction or local governments.
(This action getsan A in terms o addressing the third recommenda-tion o our 2007 report. One caveat is that the mul-tiplicity o targets may create conusion—see below how the Regulatory Reorm group has come up witha dashboard measure to fx this.)
Review oF the Dutch ADministRAtive simPliFicAtion PRogRAmme
“A Pa Rd Rd tap r B t nrad 2007-2011” pbd by Rary Rr grp, p://.z./drr?bd=159422&yp=PDF
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