The Norwegian Better Regulation Council is subject to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.The Council is an arms-length oversight body, issuing advisory statements to proposals at the stage of public consultation. The Norwegian Better Regulation Council is independent and impartial, and the Ministry cannot instruct nor interfere in the Council’s issuing of statements. The purpose of the Norwegian Better Regulation Council is to contribute to lessening the burden on business from new or altered regulations.
The members of the Norwegian Better Regulation Council were appointed in December 2015. The Council comprises a Chair, Deputy Chair, three other Council members and an alternate member. The Council members normally have a term of office of four years with the option to prolong for a single term. The Council members are selected based on their expertise, professional integrity and extensive knowledge of the business community and the Norwegian regulatory process. They also have differing geographical affiliations. The Council holds meetings approximately once every month. The Council can also review cases between meetings.
A Secretariat, attached to the Norwegian Better Regulation Council, assists with the preparation of draft statements to be reviewed by the Council. The Secretariat is also responsible for ongoing case handling, advisory work, and following up responsible ministries and regulators that receive critical statements. The Secretariat is located in Hønefoss and its members’ expertise lies within economics and law. Dag Aarnes has been the Director of the Secretariat since 2018. Aarnes has a degree in Economics and has extensive experience from both the public and private sectors.
The Norwegian Better Regulation Council participates in international work in our various disciplines. We cooperate with other European oversight bodies through the RegWatchEurope network. We also have contact with the Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB) in the European Commission. The Norwegian Better Regulation Council serves on the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee as a member of the Norwegian delegation. In June 2019, the Norwegian Better Regulation Council and the Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management jointly hosted the OECD-conference “Measuring Regulatory Performance. The Future of Law-Making” in Oslo. The conference brought together delegates from the OECD’s member countries to debate topics of regulatory policy and better regulation.