Experts discussed the introduction of a system for assessing supervision and monitoring activities

27 july 2016

The Analytical Center has hosted a seminar on the introduction of a system for assessing the performance of the supervision and monitoring activities. The seminar was attended by representatives of the federal executive authorities involved into the implementation of the pilot project to develop and introduce a system for assessing the performance of supervision and monitoring activities approved by the Russian Government in Resolution No 934-r of May 17, 2016. It was also attended by representatives of the public business associations. Representatives of the EMERCOM, the Federal Supervision Agency for Customer Protection and Human Welfare and the Federal Forestry Agency represented the supervisory authorities. The experts exchanged recommendations on what should be included into the federal regulations and presented the ways to improve the effectiveness of supervision and monitoring activity.

“Our goal today is to discuss the indicators that have already been approved by the sub-committee and to improve them, taking into account the proposals submitted by the public business associations,” said the Head of Division of the Department for State Regulation in the Economy at the Ministry for Economic Development of Russia Mr. Konstantin Nikitin. The official reminded those present that in accordance with the Roadmap the indicators must be approved by August 15. “The Ministry for Economic Development is going to draft recommendations for ministries and agencies on how to draft regulations and instructions,” Mr. Nikitin said. - “The main goal of these recommendations is to ensure that executive authorities create some kind of a procedure for introducing new regulations rather than simply approving indicators. We have got to see how each indicator works in practice.” The recommendations of the Ministry for Economic Development are very basic in nature and the ministry wants to hear proposals on how to change and improve them, the expert pointed out.

“When we talk about monitoring and supervision we want to understand all the functions. For example, reducing the number of wild fires is a direct supervision function but should the municipal government or the Federal Forestry Agency perform it? Who has to implement preventive measures such as plowing the earth and others to prevent wild fires? What is the contribution of supervision? Should the supervisors be held directly responsible?” those were the questions that the Deputy Head of the Supervision Directorate of the Russian President Mr. Valentin Letunovsky put to the experts. The specialists said they did not have answers to them just yet, saying that more work had to be done in this area.

Mr. Letunovskiy is also sure that budget money should not be spent on introducing any new indicator unless everyone understands why that indicator is necessary and what it should be used for. “We do not want to rush things when it comes to introducing new indicators; first we need to prove we really need them. And to that end, we need to set up pilot agencies and see how the whole thing works,” the expert believes.

The participants also pointed out that improvements were needed in information processing, specifically, in terms of the precision to which the indicators can be estimated.