The Norwegian Better Regulation Council’s mandate is to scrutinise the impact assessments of regulatory proposals, and assess whether the Instructions for Official Studies are adhered to and whether impacts on business are sufficiently described. In doing so, the Council shall ensure that regulations are implemented with the lowest possible costs for business.
Unfortunately, we find that government agencies responsible for drafting new laws and regulations, much too often fail to properly discuss whether they could make their rules simpler or less expensive to comply with. A number of technological and social changes are affecting the business sector in Norway, and our businesses must adapt quickly to remain competitive. At the same time, new laws and regulations that affect business also need to be introduced to take account of important social considerations. This makes it key that regulation of business is efficient and does not impede businesses’ ability to adapt and compete.
The aim of the Norwegian Better Regulation Council going forward is to continue to issue and develop statements of a high professional standard. We aim to provide better and more constructive feedback as well as guidance on smart regulations that do not impose unnecessary burdens on business.
All-round better studies will contribute to more democratic consultation processes and provide a better foundation for the political process. Fewer unnecessary burdens for the business sector will mean lower costs for Norwegian businesses. For a small economy like ours this means: higher value creation, a raised tax base, improved competitiveness and the opportunity for increased innovation.
Sandra Riise, Chair