11th Gaidar Forum participants discussed control and supervision activities reform

Does an average Russian citizen feel protected? What do citizens think about how the state ensures the rights guaranteed by law to life, health and property? This was discussed at the round-table conference on the topic of "How the effectiveness of state control has changed: citizens’ point of view", held at the 11st Gaidar Forum.

This year, a significant part of Vladimir Putin’s Address to the Federal Assembly was devoted to changes in social policy, such as an increase in maternal capital, the introduction of payments for firstborns, and guaranteed free meals in primary schools. These measures should improve the demographic situation in the country and strengthen citizens' sense of social security and confidence.

Speakers of the round-table conference spoke about this feeling during the discussion of the control and supervision activities reform, designed to guard the values protected by law and improve the quality of control and supervision functions administration. 2020 will be a busy year, as large-scale reform is entering the active phase, said Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya, the moderator of the discussion, Director of the Department for Regulatory Policy of the Government of the Russian Federation.

“This reform is a large-scale one in terms of areas covered and specialists involved. 41 groups have been created with 7,000 experts involved, this is the first time we start such large-scale work. Our topic is not a key issue on the forum’s agenda, but the perspective of discussing the results of state control from citizens’ point of view seemed very interesting to me,” said Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya.

Vladimir Yuzhakov, Director of the Center for Public Administration Technologies at the Institute of Applied Economic Research, RANEPA, spoke about the results of studies, which authors learned how Russian citizens assess their level of protection against the main risk groups.

“We saw that in general this level is not so high, it corresponds to the level of satisfaction with the quality of services, which was recorded in 2004. About 30% of respondents consider the protection level of the values significant for citizens to be sufficient. Compared to 2018 last year, the level of security has grown by more than 4.3%, but so far it can hardly be considered sufficient,” Yuzhakov said.

Surveys made in 2018–2019 show that more than 70% of citizens are not ready to increase costs for the security system of their own rights, said Elena Dobrolyubova, Leading research fellow at the Center for Public Administration Technologies, RANEPA, linking it with small personal income of Russian citizens.

“There are different approaches to the reform effectiveness assessment. We’ve heard an analysis of what we had in the past and what we have now. I suggest comparing what we want to see in the future and what we have today,” said Valentin Letunovsky, Deputy Head of the Control Department of the President of Russia. Marina Bludyan, First Vice President of Russian Support, noted that nobody needs “control because of control”: “Today, the control authorities seem to know better than anyone how we should do business legally.” And Petr Shelish, Chairman of the Union of Consumers of Russia, emphasized the importance of assessing the protection of their rights by citizens themselves: “This system has already begun to work – for example, in evaluating the activities of governors.”

Svetlana Makovetskaya, Director of the Center for Civil Analysis and Independent Research Foundation brought closure to the discussion with the statement: “The most important thing is to translate the language of this reform into a language society can easily understand.”

 

The Gaidar Forum is held at the RANEPA under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation and in 11 years it has become one of the most respected expert venues, which traditionally sets the vector for public and scientific discussion at the beginning of each year.

The organizers of the 11th Gaidar Forum are the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.

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