Cutting red tape and improving business conditions have become a priority in OECD countries. This study of the Netherlands, one of the front runners in the field, is the first OECD review of a national programme for administrative simplification. The Dutch programme, part of a dynamic sequence of policy measures to improve the regulatory process, is highly relevant for other countries facing the problems of regulatory overstretch. The report describes the key features of the Dutch programme including the measurement of burdens, the use of incentives and targets, and whole-of-government co-ordination.
The OECD assessment of the success of the Dutch programme is based on comparisons with other countries, and on evidence of the economic impact of reforms. The report explores options for future work on administrative simplification relevant to OECD countries, highlighting the need to communicate better with stakeholders, cover compliance costs for business more broadly, and look at burdens on citizens and administrations.
This report is published in English only. However, a French translation of the executive summary has been included in this volume.
Chapter 1. Context
Chapter 2. International Trends in Administrative Simplification
Chapter 3. Administrative Simplification in the Netherlands, 2003-06
Chapter 4. Results to Date
Chapter 5. Assessment of Strengths and Weaknesses
Chapter 6. Recommendations
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