The new Finnish Oversight Body: the Legislation Assessment Council

Credits photo: Janne Suhonen

Credits photo: Janne Suhonen

The Finnish Government has recently appointed an independent Legislation Assessment Council, that will function as part of the Prime Minister’s Office until April 2019.

The new council has been entrusted tasks that are typical of regulatory oversight institutions.

The body will issue opinions on impact assessments concerning draft government proposals; it will also monitor the development of the quality of impact assessments, evaluating the effectiveness of its work. Further, it may issue opinions on other impact assessments relating to legislative drafting and promote initiatives directed at improving the quality of legislative drafting, especially as regards the quality and evaluation procedures relating to impact assessments. Finally, the Council may also conduct ex post evaluation, in order to assess whether the impact of legislation has been as intended.

(Eleonora Cavalieri)