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About the Index:

Bureaucracy Index is a simple and transparent quantification of the proverbial “red tape”, which is mentioned daily in media, but rarely in any quantitative terms.

There are several existing competitiveness rankings around, that comprehensively assess the quality of law enforcement, infrastructure and tax law from a business perspective. In Bureaucracy Index, we decided to keep down to earth. In collaboration with experts from different areas, we have identified all the administrative tasks that the state requires from a model company.  These tasks were assigned time and financial demands (similar methodology is used by Slovak Ministry of Economy).

Bureaucracy Index was founded in 2016 by the Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS). The goal was to establish a comprehensive list and subsequent cost of bureaucratic burden for a SME in a country. With a 2016 pilot in Slovakia, the project aims to spread the idea and enable international comparison of bureaucratic burden, especially for SMEs. As part of the dissemination efforts,  the International Bureaucracy Day was established as a regular commemoration of the wasted resources and talent, lost due to excessive bureaucracy around the world.

For the 2017 edition, the Bureaucracy Index received support from the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit and was joined by two partners, Liberalni institut from the Czech Republic and IME from Bulgaria.

In 2018, INESS was joined by Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), Ukrainian partners from Easy Business and Liberalni Institut from the Czech Republic.

In 2019, countries that have taken part in Bureaucracy Index calculation were Spain – Civismo, Czechia – Liberalni Institut and Lithuania – Lithuanian Free Market Institute.

Our ambition is to continue grow and turn the Bureaucracy Index into an international comparison tool.

About us:

Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) is an independent, non-governmental, apolitical economic think tank established in 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia. As an independent organization, INESS monitors the functioning and financing of the public sector, evaluates the effects of legislative changes on the economy and society, conducts sector analyses and economic policy recommendations; and comments on current economic and social issues.

Contact us:

Martin Vlachynsky                                                      

BI Project Manager                                             









Diana Kráľová                                            

BI Project Coordinator