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OECD Conference on Measuring Regulatory Performance Strengthening democracy through more participatory, responsive and transparent rule-making

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09.00 – 09.05 Welcome to the Finnish Parliament Speaker: Secretary General Maija-Leena Paavola

09.05 – 09.20 Conference opening remarks Speaker: Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice Pekka Timonen

09.20 – 09.30 OECD opening remarks Speaker: OECD Public Governance Deputy Director Gillian Dorner

09.30 – 11.00 Panel 1: Reflections on participatory, responsive and transparent rule-making in Finland Session objective Identify challenges and opportunities in participatory, responsive and transparnet rule-making, and discuss the objectives of recent reforms to improve the regulatory environment in Finland Discussion questions:

  • What do you consider as the two greatest strengths in participatory, responsive and transparent rule-making? What do you see as the two greatest challenges?
  • What reforms has Finland recently made to enhance participatory, responsive, and transparent rule-making? What are the reform’s objectives for stakeholders, policy makers and rule makers, including parliamentarians?
  • What international lessons can Finland benefit from to further improve rule-making? What lessons from Finland’s experience can the wider global regulatory policy community benefit form?

    Moderator:Anna Pietikäinen, (Head of OECD Regulatory Policy Division)

    Speakers: Tiina Astola (former Director-General at DG JUST, European Commission) Jennifer Brown (Director of Policy and Stakeholder Relations, Regulatory Affairs Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat and Chair of OECD Measuring Regulatory Performance Steering Group) Rolf Höijer (Senior Advisor, Ministry of Climate and Enterprise, Swedish Government Offices) Kati Rantala (Research Director, University of Helsinki) Timo Tuovinen (Deputy Secretary General, Eduskunta, Finland)

    11.00 – 11.30 Break

    11.30 – 13.00 Panel 2:Strengthening accountability through more participatory, responsive and transparent rule-making Session objective: strengthen accountability via embedding better regulation practices in political agenda setting, and adopting innovative practices to improve stakeholder engagement

    Discussion questions:

  • What is needed for more participatory, responsive, and transparent rule-making?
  • How can more participatory, responsive and transparent rule-making strengthen accountability?
  • How can better stakeholder engagement and use of evidence in rule-making improve trust in government action?
  • What are the risks of relying on non-participatory, non-responsive and non-transparent rule-making?
  • How can multiple consultative approaches improve decision-making, better identify areas for simplification, and foster buy-in for rules?
  • How can digital and innovative approaches facilitate better outreach with stakeholders?

    Moderator: Christiane Arndt-Bascle, (Head of OECD Measuring Regulatory Performance Programme)

    Speakers: Veera Heinonen (Director, Democracy and participation, SITRA) Katju Holkeri (Chair of the OECD's Working Party on Open Government, Head of Unit for Governance Policy Unit in the Finnish Ministry of Finance) Niko Pankka (Head of Public Affairs, Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK)) Aidan Sweeney (Senior Executive, Government, Enterprise and Regulatory, Ibec; Business at OECD (BIAC) Governance and Regulatory Policy Committee Vice Chair) Franklin de Vrieze (Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Head of Practice for Accountability)

    13.00 – 13.15 Morning wrap-up and breakout lead-in Speakers Stephan Naundorf, RPC Chair and Anna Pietikäinen, OECD