economic effects, legislation, government proposals, evaluation
In 2021, the Finnish Council of Regulatory Impact Analysis issued a total of 45 statements on government proposals and one Union communication. During the year, the Council issued a record number of statements and thus gained a more comprehensive picture of the quality of law drafting. In addition to the most significant and extensive government proposals, the Council also issued statements on more concise government proposals.
The Council found that the shortcomings in the government proposals were very similar in 2021 as in previous years. The Council paid most attention to the comprehensibility and clarity of the proposals, to the sufficiency of quantitative assessment and description of costs and benefits, and to the shortcomings in describing the need to amend an act and the current situation. In addition, the Council found room for improvement in areas such as describing alternative solutions, setting objectives and assessing risks and uncertainties.
In 2021, the government proposals assessed by the Council were of slightly weaker quality than in previous years. This was also reflected in the average of the standard appraisals included in the Council's statements.
This annual review contains the Council's observations on the challenges related to impact assessments over a longer period of time. The Council is concerned about the quality of law drafting and pays particular attention to the management and planning of law drafting. The annual review also examines how law drafting and the Council's activities could be developed.