Jerusalem, 29-30 October 2012
This workshop was kindly hosted by the Israeli government on 29-30 October 2012 in Jerusalem. Representatives from the Netherlands, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Lithuania, World Bank and the OECD Secretariat as well as some 130 representatives from the Israeli administration – ministries, regulators and inspection agencies, parliament, businesses and trade unions and consumers actively participated in the workshop.
The main conclusions of the workshop confirmed that regulatory enforcement and inspections is a relatively new and underestimated element of regulatory policy that has been gaining importance recently. Only a few OECD countries have introduced significant cross-cutting reforms in this area, despite the fact that there are many opportunities to improve effectiveness and efficiency of inspections and therefore regulatory efficiency through better targeting of inspections and making enforcement more outcome-oriented. There is also a significant potential to relieve businesses and citizens from excessive administrative burdens.
Regulatory enforcement is a firm part of the Regulatory Governance Cycle. Therefore, better design of regulations may significantly contribute to increased regulatory compliance and more effective enforcement (e.g. simple and understandable regulations are easier to comply with and do not have to be accompanied with explanatory documents and guidance for compliance issued by inspection authorities). On the other hand, if compliance is measured and analysed properly, results of such analysis may be used in improving new and amended regulations. Inspection agencies are well placed to provide such measurement and analyses and their first-hand experience with implementing regulations should be exploited in the regulation-making process.
Session 1. Enforcement and inspections – implementation and delivery tools for regulations
Session 2: Governance of inspections: Institutional set ups and governance, demand for changes
Session 3: Reforming inspections
Session 4: Improving effectiveness and efficiency of inspections
Session 5: Evaluating effectiveness – creating feedback with the regulatory framework