This article, written by Martin de Bree and Martin Dees- member of the ECIIA-EUROSAI working group, is a reflection note about the impact of regulations and the alternative solutions for achieving the desired objectives.
Reports from both media and institutions like the Netherlands Court of Audit clearly demonstrate that the government does not always achieve its objectives through legislation. Every now and then, laws are ineffective or generating unforeseen and unwanted side effects. Sometimes laws are simply impracticable, such as the energy-saving measures required by the Environmental Management Act. In this case, law enforcement is not allowed due to the privacy rules.
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