The Norwegian Better Regulation Council (Regelrådet)
The purpose of the Norwegian Better Regulation Council is to contribute to lessening the burdens on business from new or altered regulations. Our activities include:
- Evaluating the layout of proposals for new or altered regulations that has consequences for business’ operating conditions.
- Evaluating if Impact Assessments have been carried out in accordance to the Instructions for Official Studies and Reports (“Utredningsinstruksen”).
- Evaluating if regulations are made in a way that leads to the least amount of burdens for business.
- In preparation of EEA-regulations that can have an effect on Norwegian business, the council can assist responsible ministries, if so desired, to assess adjoining Impact Assessments.
We also follow the developments and activities in the Better Regulation field, both domestically and internationally, and will provide information and general guidance that promotes better regulation.
The NBRC is subject to The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. This ministry is responsible for leading the plan for simplification of government policies in the area of business.
Our main priority is to provide scrutiny to policy proposals from government ministries, as well as other government parties that present policy proposals for public hearings. The oranization has an advisory role, and does not have the mandate to stop policy proposals that is deems unfit for purpose.
The organization consists of a council and a secretariat. The council, which consists of six members (four ordinary members and two deputy members), has varied experiences in business and academia.
The Norwegian Better Regulation Council is also a member of RegWatchEurope. RegWatchEurope is a European network between various national impact assessment scrutinization boards. Through RegWatchEurope, the national boards aims to support iniatives that promotes simplification in EEA-/EU members states, and promotes Better Regulation. RegWatchEurope currently consists of the following national boards:
- Norway – The Norwegian Better Regulation Council (Regelrådet)
- Sweden – The Swedish Better Regulation Council (Regelrådet)
- Netherlands – The Advisory Board on Regulatory Burdens (ATR)
- Germany – Nationaler Normenkontrollrat (NKR)
- Great Britain – Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC)
- The Czech Republic – Regulatory Impact Assessment Board (RIAB)
- Finland – Finnish Council of Regulatory Impact Analysis (FCRIA)
As a network, we collaborate to achieve the following:
- To strengthen our own expertise by exchanging knowledge and sharing best practice;
- To strengthen the EU approach on better regulation;
- To inform other (European) countries on the added value of external and independent scrutiny of impact assessments through bilateral contact; national platforms, or through international organisations;
- To advise our governments on the quality of EU impact assessments.
Furthermore, we collaborate with the European Regulatory Scrutiny Board by exchanging knowledge and expertise. And we participate in the Regulatory Policy Committee of the OECD.
The board of RegWatchEurope is formed by the chairs of the member-bodies. The board meets regularly in the country chairing the network that year. In 2018, Sweden chairs RegWatchEurope. For more information or contact, address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scrutiny bodies that meet our membership criteria are welcomed as members of RWE; others may apply for observer status. If you are interested in joining us, please use the contact details above in the first instance.
More information on the network can be found on the respective national websites.