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02 April 2013

"The Glorious Regulatory Revolution" (Russia)

1 April: our Russian correspondent and director of the RIA Centre Daniel Tsygankov published in RBK, a daily newspaper, under the grand title "The Glorious Regulatory Revolution" a summary of recent regulatory policy developments in Russia since the April 2012 conference reported on this blog.
Daniel remembers: "Russian and international experts were unanimous: RIA cannot “pull off on its own”, in the best case it will gradually degrade to the new interagency coordination, and at worst it will be buried at the cemetery of administrative reform. There is an urgent need to conduct a comprehensive regulatory reform, to persuade policy decision makers that regulatory policy is one of the three key levers of state power, along with budgetary and monetary policy."
So what does Russian regulatory reform look like? Its main components are listed in the article as follows:
(1) a “new start” for regulatory impact assessment, positioning of the head RIA body at the central level of government and creation of public data bases to measure the regulation effects,
(2) mandatory public consultations – industry panels, focus groups with stakeholders or crowd sourcing,
(3) reducing of administrative burden, the use of standard cost model as the main tool for measuring compliance costs,
(4) principles of transparency that guarantee stakeholders’ access to “electronic dossier” of the proposed regulation at all stages of law making,
(5) adoption of the “Federal Law on Legal Acts”, including the Parliamentary RIA, sunset legislation, plain legal language, introducing moratoriums on regulations that worsen the conditions for doing business, tools for cleaning up the regulatory stock,
(6) analysis of impact on public budget parameters and public sector institutions.
And Daniel modestly concludes: "For me it was important that for the owners of mini-bakery in a village or auto repair shop in a small town something has changed for the better and for the majority of end users affected by the regulation it is now easier to work. We breathed hope in grassroots."
See Blog's "Russia/Ukraine" category for more posts on the subject.

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