Deregulation

Deregulation is one of the key projects of Prime Minister Sipil√§’s Government. The overall responsibility for the project lies with Ms Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications. Its aim is to make everyday life of people and businesses easier by lighter and reformed regulation thus supporting Finland’s growth, strengthening its competitiveness and promoting digitalisation. The key project is part of the Digitalisation, Experimentation and Deregulation priority area.

The deregulation work is on the agenda of all ministries and it is coordinated by an executive group of the administrative branches.

Some legislative amendments will be carried out already in autumn 2015, but a majority will be implemented between 2016-2018. Deregulation applies to both current and new regulation, national and EU legislation and international commitments.

A further aim of the project is to make permit and complaint processes smoother. The number of complaints between authorities will also be minimised.

The Government aims at improved effectiveness of legislation. The impact assessment of legislation projects should in particular cover the financial aspects, and duties and responsibilities of municipalities.

Measures
1. Provisions will be amended, deregulated and reformed as necessary. Implementation by ministries (operational sectors) under the leadership and responsibility of the Minister in charge.
2. Permit and complaint processes will be made smoother and a public service promise will be made on such processes.
3. The number of complaints between authorities will be minimised, for example through advance negotiations.
4. A body charged with the task of ensuring the high-quality impact assessment of legislation will be established within the Government.