The Analytical Center continues its work on implementing the Competition Development Standard in constituent entities of the Russian Federation. On September 23 together with the Strategic Initiatives Agency the Analytical Center organized a workshop ”Standard for Competition Promotion in Russian Constituent Entities”. Within the framework of the event experts discussed matters related to promoting competition in socially important markets, goods and services markets, and reviewed organization and realization of public control of activities of subjects of natural monopolies.
On the same day the Russian President Vladimir Putin while speaking at the anniversary meeting of the FAS Board, emphasized the importance of development of competition in social sphere and called for promotion of competition foreseen by laws and regulatory act, including in constituent entities and municipalities. According to him, healthy competition and free enterprise are the most important factors of development of Russia and stability of the national economy, and the monopoly abuse in all its forms constrains private initiative and invites the lag.
Similar matters were discussed by the participants of the seminar at the Analytical Center. “This is the third seminar since we have already organized two events on the implementation of the Standard," said Tatiana Radchenko, the Analytical Center's Competition Policy Department Head. "Usually we worked with regions that implemented the Standard in a pilot mode, nowadays we use another format – experts and developers of the Standard will explain the matters, set in the document. New provisions will also be reviewed.”
The Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “Agency for Strategic Initiatives on Promotion of New Projects” Corporal Department Project Head Alexander Slesarev supposes that constituent entities that successfully organized project work at the intra-departmental level achieved the best results. “The Standard was reconciled with all federal departments, the document was completely worked out. Now the Standard states that local authorities are performers or co- performers of the “road map” actions and of the planning of the investment strategy at the municipal level,” said the expert. According to him, the additional emphasis was made on the interaction with scientific community that is – on development of production of technically sophisticated products. The Standard is the complex document and not a separate one, it is a system consisting of supplementary legal acts, the expert believes.
Mr. Slesarev believes: “The Monitoring is very complicated but at the same time is an extremely important Standard action, among its purposes – revealing the Russian economy development potential, including scientific and research progress.” This purpose requires the qualified and comprehensive monitoring, according to the expert. Mr. Slesarev also emphasized that within the “road map” framework federal authorities conferred powers for promotion of competition and the work in this filed has already began.
“The idea of the Standard is not in promotion of competition, since when the system of state authorities is built upon the quality ideology, competition develops itself,” -said the Director General of the CJSC “Delovaya Sreda” Mikhail Fedorenko. According to him, the Standard reminds the way the system of processes has to be built and that the whole activity has to be transparent, and necessary information – available for all interested parties.
The seminar consisted of three sessions. The first one was dedicated to promotion of competition in socially important markets, experts shared experience of development of competition in markets of pre-school and additional education, psychological and pedagogical support of children with limited health abilities, the topic of public-private partnerships was raised, including the practice of concession agreements in the social sphere. Particular attention was paid to creation of conditions for the development of competition in the housing services market and the construction market. During the second session, experts discussed the monitoring of the state and development of the competitive environment in the markets of commodities and services, and within it the experience of the Saratov region, Perm Krai and Khabarovsk Krai was presented. In the final, third session, experts discussed the work of cross-industrial Consumer Councils on the activities of natural monopolies in the Russian regions and considered the technological and pricing audit.