Dr. Johannes Ludewig Photo: Bundesregierung / Steffen Kugler
Good legislation generates only as much bureaucracy and cost as necessary. In order to create laws that are of good quality, their impacts must be made transparent. A critical point of the work of the National Regulatory Control Council (NKR--National Regulatory Control Council) is to ensure the necessary level of transparency on the compliance costs of legislation for decision makers in government and parliament. It has to be clear which cost and time requirements may arise from laws, ordinances and administrative regulations for citizens, businesses and public authorities.
You might be asking yourself "How does that benefit me?" The answer is that laws which cause only as much bureaucracy as absolutely necessary will save you time and money. It is all the more gratifying for me that awareness of compliance costs of legislation has increased tangibly in the wake of the government’s "Bureaucracy Reduction and Better Regulation" programme and the establishment of the NKR--National Regulatory Control Council in 2006.
Today, Federal Ministries estimate one-off and recurring compliance costs for citizens, businesses and public administrations. Federal and local authorities too have improved their analysis of compliance costs and take account of cost estimates in the preparation of legislation.
In order to tangibly reduce bureaucracy and compliance costs that affect you and that are excessive, it is also necessary to examine laws, ordinances and regulations that are already in effect as well as existing administrative processes. The aim is to identify opportunities for simplification and cost reduction. Project studies have been undertaken together with competent partners to make excessive bureaucracy transparent, particularly where there is interplay between federal, regional and local authorities.
Better quality legislation, achieved by the lowest possible compliance costs while fully meeting the objective of the legislation, is something that will benefit everyone. We have already achieved some progress in this respect. But there is still a lot more to be done!
End of third mandate
National Regulatory Control Council remains in office during caretaker period
On 20 September this year, the third term of office of the National Regulatory Control Council (NKR) came to an end. NKR members are regularly reappointed every five years. The outgoing Federal Government did not make new appointments, but decided on 15 September that NKR members should continue their activities on a caretaking basis until further notice.
Federal President Steinmeier, appointing NKR members in accordance with the NKR Act, asked them to remain in office during the caretaker period. The members of the NKR have agreed to do so.