The Path to Administrative Burden Reduction - With the Help of IT: Challenges and Opportunities in Slovenia

Decman, Mitja; Klun, Maja
January 2010
Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Government;2010, p138
Conference Proceeding
Numerous countries have tried a wide range of options to achieve the goal of cutting red tape, including the Standard Cost Model (SCM), as a tool for administrative burden reduction. The Standard Cost Model is today the most widely applied methodology for measuring administrative costs in public administration. It enables administrative costs to be evaluated and reduced. SCM is already used in some EU member states although some critics warn it is deceptively simple. While presenting and comparing experiences with SCM in some European countries, the paper includes a presentation of the Slovenian strategy for reducing administrative burdens with SCM as methodology for measuring administrative costs and its adaptation to the Slovenian environment. The measurements of administrative costs and burdens calculated for seven regulatory acts identified 146 information obligations and 255 administrative activities. According to these measurements, administrative burdens represent 53% of total administrative costs for five acts. Suggestions for legislation simplification were therefore prepared and financially evaluated. Based on SCM model an IT solution, called National application, was developed by EU to help countries deal with measurement of administrative burdens, caused by legislation. Slovenia is using this application in adapted form, changed to serve the specific of Slovenian environment and the Slovenian adaptation of SCM model. The paper explains reasons for such adaptation and evaluates the usability.


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