Eu/russia: New Eu-Funded Support for Economic Reform and Reducing Water Pollution
The budget for the 20-month economic and administrative reform support project is Euro 2.8 million. Head of the Department of the State Regulation of the Economy, Larisa Larionova, on behalf of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT), the main Russian partner in the project, said: "We are interested in this project because one of the Ministrys objectives is to transfer governmental functions to self-regulating bodies of the different professions".
The idea is to improve MEDTs institutional capacity to further the deregulation process. Tasks include providing training through study tours in EU countries, the creation of a database containing previous and ongoing deregulation projects, and the study of EU practice and experience in deregulation. The project will operate at federal and regional level in the pilot regions St Petersburg, Veliki Novgorod, Kaliningrad and Ekaterinburg.
The project is also looking to facilitate the creation of a structure with independent expertise, risk assessment and professional liability. Professional liability means handing over some of the functions of certification and licensing to private insurance companies, which specialise in risk assessment relating to consumer goods and services. A methodology for assessing best practice as regards licensing and technical regulation should be developed.
The scheme should also provide specific recommendations to MEDT, including the preparation and submission of legislative proposals for further implementation of the deregulation and de-bureaucratisation processes. Furthermore, a series of surveys in the Russian regions will be carried out with a view to improving the efficiency of state and local authorities and co-operation between them and business communities.
The Consortium contracted by the European Commission to implement the project is led by IMC Consulting of the UK. …