Cutting red tape and improving business conditions have become a priority in OECD countries. This study of the Netherlands, one of the front runners in the field, is the first OECD review of a national programme for administrative simplification. The report
describes the key features of the Dutch programme including the measurement of burdens, the use of incentives and targets, and whole‐of‐government co‐ordination. The OECD assessment of the success of the Dutch programme is based on comparisons with other
countries, and on evidence of the economic impact of reforms. The report explores options for future work on administrative simplification relevant to OECD countries, highlighting the need to communicate better with stakeholders, cover compliance costs for business
more broadly, and look at burdens on citizens and administrations.
Executive SummaryIntroductionChapter 1. ContextChapter 2. International Trends in Administrative SimplificationChapter 3. Administrative Simplification in the Netherlands, 2003‐2006Chapter
4. Results to DateChapter 5. Assessment of Strengths and WeaknessesChapter 6. RecommendationsBibliographyAnnex A. OECD and World Bank Group: Regulatory Reform in the NetherlandsAnnex B. Main Simplification Initiatives in the Netherlands