Business Regulation and Economic Governance

The Project helps streamline laws, regulations, and institutions; improve regulators’ capacity to implement laws; and improve analysis and public-private dialogue.  The Project engages in the following activities:

  • Improve Inspections Operations and Organization: provide technical and other assistance for developing, adopting and monitoring effects of the new law and bylaws, promote inspection oversight reform, establish a system of inspection coordination and build capacities of the inspection coordination body, assist the establishment and proper functioning of the inspection information management system (e-Inspections), advocacy and donor coordination to mobilize resources  for inspections reform, assistance to selected inspectorates to implement the Law on Inspection Oversight.

  • Streamline Construction Permitting: assist development of sectoral laws and bylaws needed for implementation of the Law on Planning and Construction (LPC), develop hardware and software requirements for e-Permitting and help implement e-permitting system, train public officials and inform investors on the content of the reforms, and support coordination mechanisms and activities for implementation of the construction permitting reform.

  • Remove or Reduce Para-Fiscal Burdens: create an inventory of charges with an analysis of their impact on construction, develop legal and procedural solutions to streamline existing stock of quasi fiscal charges and present them to the relevant stakeholders/decision makers; advocate that new para-fiscal charges cannot be introduced without transparent and participatory procedure.

  • Implement regulatory reforms: provide technical assistance to the GoS, business associations and other stakeholders to simplify administrative procedures with the potential to result in biggest savings for businesses by focusing on reforms that do not necessitate major legislative changes or massive investments in capacity building for implementation.

  • Improve Public Private Dialogue: conduct regular annual surveys of businesses on major regulatory constraints; implement activities to facilitate sustained dialogue between the Government and business community.

KEY RESULTS

  • A new Law on Inspections Oversight was enacted in April 2015 based on BEP’s recommendations. The Law provides for coordination of inspections, risk assessment, advisory role, preventive measures, and provisions related to decrease of gray economy in Serbia.
  • A new Law on Planning and Construction was enacted in December 2014 based on BEP’s recommendations. The law provides for faster issuance of construction permits. It mandates One-Stop-Shops and compliance of public institutions with statutory deadlines.
  • A new Labor Law was enacted in July 2014 based on BEP’s recommendations. This law has made the labor market more flexible and makes Serbia more competitive for FDI.
  • A total of 138 para-fiscal charges were removed based on BEP’s recommendations, and legal principles were introduced to prevent future ad hoc adoption of fees and charges.
  • Public-Private Partnership Commission adopted the Value-for-Money Methodology (VfMM) developed by BEP. The methodology contains economic, financial and technical guidelines for development and implementation of the PPP projects, serving as a tool for public sector decision-makers to determine which investment model suits its interests best.

 







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