On 24 May the St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted the conference Prospects for the introduction and further development of a procedure for assessing regulatory impact in constituent entities of the Northwest Federal District of the Russian Federation.
As part of this event, Director of the Regulatory Impact Assessment Centre of the Institute of Public and Municipal Management of the NRY HSE Daniil TSYGANKOV presented a report and gave an interview to the Dialog agency.
Government should be invisible and e-public servants give the authorities such a chance. True, in the current level of Internet penetration, they are inaccessible to the majority of the population and many simply see no need for them at all.
The main problem with e-public servants involves 'the fact that there are no really automated public services,' believes Head of Integrated IT Solutions Design Department at IPAMM NRU HSE Timur KHAFIZOV.
On 24 April the Higher School of Economics held its latest meeting of students and teachers, devoted to the country's Social and Economic Development Strategy to 2020, as part of the Spring Dialogue: Politicians and Students project. On this occasion, students could put their questions on Strategy-2020 to Alexei KUDRIN, minister for finance from 2000 to 2011 and honorary professor at HSE.
On 3 April, at the academic council of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Anastasia BOZHYA-VOLYA successfully defended her dissertation for the academic degree of candidate in economic sciences on the subject A system to assess and stimulate the performance of public servants.
The dissertation summarised international and domestic experience in assessing the performance of public servants and established a link between various assessment models and the features of the structure of state and politics in different countries.
On 9 April, Andrei KLIMENKO took part in the Open Studio programme on television's Channel 5, devoted to the civil service in Russia. Are all public servants patriots? And what form should this patriotism take? What can we do to raise the level of responsibility of civil servants to the public and force them to utilise budget resources effectively? These are the questions under discussion by the programme’s panel.
A concept was discussed at NRU HSE on 21 March 2012 for forming a National Council for improving the legal regulation of business and investment, prepared as part of the work of Expert Group No. 4 Strengthening Market Institutions. Ensuring stable conditions for ownership and development of competition and stimulating small business, in line with the updating of the Strategy 2020 project.
On 14 March a press conference was held at Interfax, involving Russia's Deputy Minister for Economic Development Oleg FOMICHEV, head of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service Igor ARTEMIEV and Vice Rector of NRU HSE Andrey KLIMENKO. The press conference discussed the monitoring of measures, implemented to improve how access to public services for business is both maintained and expanded, key problems concerning the mutual relations of business and government in this field and how these problems are resolved.
Olga BYCHKOVA, a host on the Echo of Moscow radio station, opened the discussion and presented the participants:
'We have gathered here today to talk about public services, about the state of affairs today with the concept that was put forward and named the Public Services Supermarket.' It is believed that sooner or later there will be a situation when a civilian will be able to come to a place and, in one location, receive all that he or she officially needs from the state quickly and effectively. But how does this actually happen? How are the administrative obstacles overcome? We have quite a panel with us here today: Russia's Deputy Minister for Economic Development Oleg FOMICHEV, Alexei KHERSONTSEV, Director of the Department for Public Regulation in the Economy under the Russian Ministry for Economic Development and Andrei KLIMENKO, Vice-Principal at NRU HSE, Director of the HSE Institute for Public and Municipal Management.
Skolkovo hosts the conference New potential for the Skolkovo Fund as Operator of the Intergovernmental Programme for Innovative Collaboration
On 14 February, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management hosted the conference New potential for the Skolkovo Fund as Operator of the Intergovernmental Programme for Innovative Collaboration between member states of the CIS until 2020. Rossotrudnichestvo [Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation], a client and coordinator of the Programme, organised the conference together with the Skolkovo Fund.
The conference attracted representatives of the CIS Executive Committee, specialist committees of the State Duma and Russian Federation Council, the Russian Economic Development Ministry, the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Education and Science Ministry, the Russian Academy of Science, the Higher School of Economics, national public customers and national developers of the Programmers and representatives of the Skolkovo Fund.
Almost three quarters of Russians are happy with the quality of public and municipal services, provided by the respective Russian agencies. A survey by the Russian Academy of National Economy presents evidence that the quality of public services is rated as good and very good by 74.6% of respondents, surveyed in November 2011 in 20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation.