One of the key tools for delivering sound and effective regulations is Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs). The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015 sees the need to use Regulatory Impact Assessments, to engage stakeholders in the development of regulatory proposals and to apply systematic ex post evaluations in order to achieve the objectives of effective regulation.
National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) play an important role in improving the way regulations are developed, implemented and evaluated. In addition, public authorities including NRAs are being required to report on their performance and regulatory burden costs, in an effort to identify and reduce those costs. RIA requirements on energy regulators have been in place in some countries for years, whilst for others the RIA concept is new. NRAs need a core set of economists or staff with quantitative skills to undertake RIAs.
Level A: Overview Course
Experts from NRAs who want to develop knowledge and expertise in regulatory impact assessments. Other experts from European Institutions (ACER, European Commission) are also invited to attend.
• Explore the fundamental principles of RIAs and how RIAs can help NRAs in their pursuit of better regulation objectives
• Examine case studies of best practices on how to conduct RIAs at the European and national levels, including the European Commission's Impact Assessment on the Clean Energy Package
• Participate in interesting discussions and practical exercises using sample RIAs
With lecturers from the European Commission, OECD and NRAs, this course provides participants with a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge with experts in regulatory impact assessments.
Course Director: Ms Una Shortall, CEER Deputy Secretary General
Course Advisor: Prof. Monica Giulietti, University of Loughborough