Oct 16, 2020
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The Law on the State Council will give impetus to government reforms In terms of the redistribution of powers, everything is just beginning

Considering the day before the bill on the State Council, we noted its main feature: in the new conditions, without pretending to be the most important center of power, the new body, which has already received constitutional design, can play a key role in pursuing a differentiated regional policy. That is, the course on the relationship between federal structures and local authorities, taking into account sometimes even the nuances of local peculiarities. What really never happened before, when everyone - from south to north - was cut, as they say, one size fits all.

If we summarize such new features of the State Council, then we can make a strategic conclusion that this body, which has celebrated its twentieth anniversary, may well become one of the most important tools for managing regions from Moscow. Along with the same ruling party, United Russia. And, of course, there will be no talk of any two-center, but with the State Council we will have to build relationships at a new level between the presidential administration and the government. This means, one way or another, but the adoption in the final version of the law on the status of the State Council may give an impetus to adjust the provisions on these most important drive belts of public administration.

Indeed, even in terms of work with the same regions, the updated State Council will in some way duplicate both the presidential administration and the cabinet of ministers. The only difference is that both the administration and the government are, in general, rather closed instances, many decisions are made there behind tightly closed doors and are surrounded by official secrets. And contacts of the specialized deputy heads, heads of departments and departments of these bodies with the governors are carried out behind the scenes, in a purely individual manner. Sometimes regional chiefs have to wait for such audiences for quite a long time - months. Moreover, the cases are not waiting and require prompt resolution.

Other opportunities can be provided by the much more open and public platform of the State Council, where the president, and the prime minister, and leading ministers, and deputies, and governors meet face to face (sometimes under television cameras). In principle, both chambers of our Federal Assembly could play such a role. But in parliamentary relations there are considerable elements of outright lobbying, hidden representation of the interests not so much of the regions as of industrial and financial groups. Deputies often depend not on the regions and republics that have chosen them, but on the party leadership.

So, the State Council, ideally, should directly, without intermediaries, link the regions and the higher authorities. And so that there is no duplication in the work, after the adoption of the law on the State Council, it is quite possible to clarify the statuses and functions of other bodies of decision-making.

It is not excluded that the first law specifying the provisions of the constitutional reform will become the prologue of a long-overdue administrative reform, which may involve the so-called law enforcement agencies and ministries in its orbit. Therefore, the passage of the bill on the State Council itself is also interesting in terms of the breadth of discussion, the possibility of making amendments and additions, and appeals to the activities of other authorities. And, accordingly, the reaction to the passage of the law by the same government.


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