We are working towards better-regulated public policies that make the business environment more competitive and deliver policy objectives without creating unnecessary burdens for citizens, businesses and public administration.
Better regulation aims to ensure:
- decision-making is open and transparent;
- citizens and stakeholders can contribute throughout the policy and law‑making process;
- Government actions are based on evidence and understanding of the impacts;
- regulatory burdens on businesses, citizens or public administrations are kept to a minimum.
Better regulation is fundamental for the realization of the public administration reforms, but it also leads to better economic performances.
We in Better Regulation Working Group are determined to proactively support the Western Balkan governments in policy development and quality of policy planning by providing a strategic framework to regulatory reform.
Jointly with our partners and prominent experts from the region and the globe, we effectively respond to the growing needs of the WB governments and support the improvement of the policies and establishment of legislative, procedural and organizational set-up.
Within Better Regulation thematic area, we aim to align our actions in the Western Balkans with the European Union Better Regulation agenda.
The better regulation agenda is about designing and evaluating policies and laws transparently, with evidence, and backed up by the views of citizens and stakeholders. It covers all policy areas and aims for targeted regulation that goes no further than required, in order to achieve objectives and bring benefits at minimum cost.
Aimed to foster regional cooperation and develop tailor-made solutions to all related institutions, we provide different form of interventions such as in-country support mechanisms, mobility schemes, peer to peer learning, coaching, and mentoring.
Focusing on the "whole-of-government" approach and objectives aligned with the governments' financial circumstances, we enable administrative simplification in the overall regulatory quality system at the national level - this is what makes reform sustainable in the long term and acceptable within societies.
Since we developed a comprehensive Study on Better Regulation published in 2018, we have been supporting our member states, particularly in strengthening Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) functions as well as strengthening public consultation processes and improving monitoring of the implementation of the consultation requirements. Also, we support the development of a policy framework for ex-post reviewing regulations by applying RIA methodology. The main objective of the above-mentioned study was to provide policy recommandations for Western Balkans countries and jurisdictions and the Region as a whole on issues related to RIA framework, public consultation, improvement of legal and regulatory environment, etc.
In addition, ReSPA has formalized the Ministerial Document entitled “Western Balkans Recommendations on Public Participation” which was endorsed by Ministers in charge for public administration from Western Balkan countries at the ReSPA Governing Board meeting held on 6 November 2017 .
The Working Group on Better Regulation will continue to offer programmatic streamlining of ReSPA's activities within these intervention areas and will enable peer exchange among our member countries.