National Regulatory Control Council

International

The NKR works together with various international organisations and bodies for better regulation and bureaucracy reduction. After all, it makes no difference to the addressees of the regulations in our part of the world whether a burdensome regulation has been issued at EU level, by national legislators or by a federal state.

It is worth noting that as regards European cooperation, NKR Chairman Dr. Johannes Ludewig was a member of the High-Level EU Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens, which also became known as the "Stoiber Group". The mandate of the Stoiber Group was renewed twice and lasted from 2007 until 2014.

In May 2015, the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, announced the "Better Regulation Package". Among several measures aiming at Better Regulation at the EU level, there are two to be mentioned in particular: The introduction of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board (replacing the Impact Assessment Board) and the REFIT platform. The Regulatory Scrutiny Board aims at ensuring that the European Commission’s Impact Assessment are of high quality, whereas the REFIT platform collects proposals from businesses and society aiming at simplification and burden reduction.

The cooperation between the NKR and the similarly independent committees for bureaucracy reduction and better regulation in the Netherlands (ATR, former Actal), Sweden (Regelrådet), the United Kingdom (RPC), the Czech Republic (RIAB), Finland (FCRIA) and Norway (Norwegian Regelrådet) also plays an important role. Together these independent bodies form the informal network "RegWatchEurope".

The NKR furthermore cooperates closely with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In many countries, including at EU level, the internationally recognised Standard Cost Model is used to calculate the costs of bureaucracy ensuing from information obligations. There are no comparable international standards for the identification of compliance costs as yet. A project aimed at the development of an OECD guideline on how to measure compliance costs was launched in early 2013 under the auspices of the OECD. The NKR has, in coordination with the Federal Government, been instrumental in launching this project, not least by contributing to its funding. Such common standards would enable international comparisons to be made that are likely to give a fresh impetus to improving the quality of legislation.

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