We are a network of independent external advisory bodies that play a significant role in scrutinising the impacts of new legislation. We challenge and advise our respective governments on various aspects of better regulation and on the overall regulatory burden of legislation.
The network consists of the following bodies:
- The ‘Advisory Board on Regulatory Burden’ (ATR – the Netherlands)
- The ‘Finnish Council of Regulatory Impact Analysis’ (FCRIA, Finland)
- The ‘Nationaler Normenkontrollrat’ (NKR – Germany)
- The ‘Norwegian Better Regulation Council’ (NBRC/Regelrådet – Norway)
- The ‘Swedish Better Regulation Council’ (SBRC/Regelrådet – Sweden)
- The ‘Regulatory Impact Assessment Board’ (RIAB – The Czech Republic); and
- The ‘Regulatory Policy Committee’ (RPC – the United Kingdom).
As a network, we collaborate to achieve the following:
- To strengthen our own expertise by exchanging knowledge and sharing best practice;
- To strengthen the EU approach on better regulation;
- To inform other (European) countries on the added value of external and independent scrutiny of impact assessments through bilateral contact; national platforms, or through international organisations;
- To advise our governments on the quality of EU impact assessments.
Furthermore, we collaborate with the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, the independent scrutiny body of the European Commission, by exchanging knowledge and expertise. And we contribute to the work on oversight of the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee.
The board of RegWatchEurope is formed by the chairs of the member-bodies. The board meets regularly in the country chairing the network that year. In 2019, Finland chairs RegWatchEurope. For more information or contact, please address:Meri.Virolainen@vnk.fi.
Scrutiny bodies that meet our membership criteria are welcomed as members of RWE; others may apply for observer status. If you are interested in joining us, please use the contact details above in the first instance.
More information on the network can be found on the respective national websites (see above).