A “regulatory guillotine” will encourage development of a “green environment”

1 march 2019

The production of environmental and affordable food, agribusiness, wood processing and technologies that improve the environment: experts discussed the ways to stimulate the development of a "green environment" at the regular meeting of the Subgroup on cluster-based policy and territorial-sectoral projects of the Interdepartmental Work Group on development of a road map of sustained economic growth in the non-primary economic sector, which took place in the Analytical Center.

According to Anastasia Alekhnovich, the Head of the Expert Center of the Authorized Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs, excessive requirements significantly slow down sector development, from the selective breeding stage to the marketing of finished products. “A system of requirements, which is now putting too much pressure on agriculture, began to take shape in the 30s of the last century, then it was expanded over the war years and in the 80s; as a result, too many regulation documents have accumulated and this redundancy needs to be eliminated,” Ms Alekhnovich pointed out, “The President said about “regulatory guillotine”, and it is fundamentally important in this area."

To address the issue, experts suggest that the experience of leading countries be drawn on. A new approach involves the forming a regulatory system depending on the activity of the enterprise. “We pick the best from the regulatory system of leading countries and compare regulations through the entire chain from the field to the counter. We plan to establish new requirements at each stage and check them in a pilot mode in certain regions. That is, we are not going to abolish excessive requirements, but offer an expert opinion, taking into account our specifics, up to checklists, guidelines and digitalization of the results,” Alekhnovich explained.

In her opinion, by removing the barriers that limit the development of business at each of the stages, it is possible to increase production and the value added without expanding agricultural areas.

Among other supportive measures, it is planned to stimulate the demand for agricultural and food products by subsidizing consumption to vulnerable categories of citizens, and to provide preferential treatment for leasing purchase of domestic equipment for agricultural sector. Sector players also highlight the need to develop electronic exchange trade, agricultural insurance and agricultural cooperation for small and medium enterprises.