Most OECD countries have made policies to reduce administrative burdens - cutting red tape - a political priority. Red tape is particularly burdensome to smaller companies and may inhibit entrepreneurship. These effects are more costly in global markets, where competitiveness can be affected by the efficiency of the domestic regulatory and administrative environment. Unnecessary reporting requirements are also affecting citizens and large firms. Results are wanted.
What can governments do? Strategies include reviews of the stock of regulations; reduction of administrative burdens; codification; simplification of administrative procedures and re-engineering; better multi-level co-ordination; and rapid introduction of e-government services. Supported by task forces and advisory committees, governments increasingly locate responsibility within a central administrative unit. This "whole-of-government" approach represents a major step in recent years, embedding administrative simplification in the overall regulatory quality system at the national level.
Downloads and related documents
- Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Policy: One-Stop Shops for Citizens and Business, French, May 2020
- Measurement and Reduction of Administrative Burdens in Greece: An overview of 13 Sectors, 2014
- OECD Regulatory Compliance Cost Asssessment Guidance, 2014
- Evolution of administrative burdens in Belgium in 2008-2011. The full report is available here in Dutch and in French.
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- Cutting Red Tape: Administrative Simplification in Poland - Making Policies Perform, 2011
- Cutting Red Tape: Why Is Administrative Simplification So Complicated? Looking Beyond 2010, 2010
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- Tuempresa.gov.mx: A One-Stop Shop for Quick and Easy Business Start-ups in Mexico, 2010
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- Making Life Easy for Citizens and Businesses in Portugal: Administrative Simplification and e-Government, 2008
- Cutting Red Tape: Comparing Administrative Burdens across Countries, 2007
- Administrative Simplification in the Netherlands, 2007
- Cutting Red Tape: National Strategies for Administrative Simplification, available in French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, 2006
- From Red Tape to Smart Tape, 2003
For further information, please contact Daniel Trnka, OECD Regulatory Policy Division
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