Business is Interested in Defining Stable Long-Term Rules of the Game

21 june 2018 | RBC-TV

The draft law prepared by the Ministry of Finance simplifies reporting for businesses through implementing a single window system to file documents and eliminating the need to double them. Analytical Center Expert Anton Steshenko told how the Government was reducing administrative burden on the business in a live interview to RBC TV.

Anton Steshenko
Anton Steshenko
Department for Strategic Development, Public Administration and Regional Policy

Commenting on the draft law, the expert called it an important element of wider efforts to create a new digital ecosystem of relationship between the state and business. "First of all, we need to reduce administrative burden and delays relating to regulatory mechanisms, inspections, issue of documents, and preparation of reports," said the expert.

The survey of entrepreneurs carried out by the Analytical Center showed that 60% of business representatives complained about rapidly changing requirements of regulatory authorities. According to the analyst, these data suggest that businesses want and for a long time are ready to switch, first, to a distant digital format of relationship and, second, they are ready to establish a long-term policy. "We see the demand, first of all for defining stable long-term rules of the game so that the regulatory policy does not change too often," said Mr. Steshenko.

However, the control and supervision reform being implemented in Russia is not aimed at mechanical reduction of the number of inspections, according to the expert: "In the context of the reform, reducing the number of inspections is not a goal in itself," stressed the expert. "First of all, control should switch to risk-focused approach, i.e. we should change the structure of inspections and inspect principally entities and businesses that cause the greatest damage to values protected by the laws."

"There is no doubt that the reform will be continued", said Mr. Steshenko "There is an issue of methodology and creating project principles for further management of the reform. But implementation of the reform is inevitable," he said.

The analyst expressed confidence that efforts of the state to expand remote collaboration in the governmental support area would be an efficient measure for further development of the reform. "Currently, a lot of subsidies are provided, there are a lot of development institutes, almost each of them accepts documents in paper form only, many have doubled packages of these documents, including accounting statements," said Mr. Steshenko. He believes that the state should take measures to unify packages of required documents and switch such requests to electronic form or even to a single platform.

Source: RBC TV