Directorate for Public Governance

Regulatory Policy in Lithuania

Focusing on the Delivery Side

In series:OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reformview more titles

Published on July 29, 2015

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This review takes stock of the development and implementation of regulatory reform at a critical juncture for Lithuania. Confronted with the challenge of supporting growth and competitiveness, Lithuania has embarked upon an ambitious reform programme that addresses not only the development of new regulations but also the inspection and enforcement processes that support the effective implementation of these regulations with the least administrative burden for citizens and businesses. This is relatively rare among OECD members and the review assesses this comprehensive reform programme with a special focus on inspection and enforcement. First in its kind, the review benchmarks Lithuania's reforms against the OECD Best Practice Principles on Regulatory Enforcement and Inspection. The review identifies practical recommendations for strengthening regulatory effectiveness and support growth and competitiveness.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and acknowledgements
Country profile: Lithuania
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Governance and well-being in Lithuania: The context of regulatory policy reform
Regulatory reform and policies in Lithuania
Institutional framework and capacities for regulatory policy in Lithuania
Transparency, consultation and communication in Lithuania
The development of new regulations in Lithuania
The management and rationalisation of existing regulations in Lithuania
Compliance, inspections and enforcement in Lithuania
The interface between supra-national, sub-national and national levels of government in Lithuania
Territorial planning and construction permits in Lithuania
Annexes2 chapters available
The importance of inspections and compliance
Organisations met during the fact-finding missions
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KEY FINDINGS

  • This report addresses the crucial link between developing and implementing regulation, and reviews the ambitious reform programme launched by Lithuania to improve regulations while placing the lightest possible burden on citizens and businesses.
  • The review focuses in particular on inspections and enforcement and on territorial planning and construction permits, which form a crucial part of Lithuania’s reform efforts, drawing on the 2014 OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Policy: Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections.
  • In addition to a set of practical recommendations for enhancing trust in regulatory institutions, strengthening regulatory effectiveness and supporting growth and competitiveness, the review develops an innovative checklist to assess the performance of the inspections and enforcement reform and system and identifies a series of innovative practices that could support other countries’ efforts towards  improving the implementation of regulation.

 

CONTACT

For more information please contact Daniel Trnka and Filippo Cavassini.