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    GREF: NEW GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE TO REQUIRE LAW AMENDMENTS

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 9-RIA NOVOSTI - The development of a new government structure will call for changes in legislation in effect, says Minister for Economic Development German Gref.

    "A series of changes provided by presidential decree will come in force after the operating legislation is amended," Gref continued.

    What distinguishes the new government is ministers' personal responsibility for the work of the ministry and subordinate federal services and federal agencies.

    The previous structure was an ideal example of collective irresponsibility where no one answered for anything, said Gref.

    The ministries set the rules of the game on their own, then played according to these rules and monitored their own work. This led to interest conflicts within one ministry, resulting in lack of efficiency and transparency.

    Gref cited the law on government to prove his words. Under this law, prime minister was authorised to appoint deputy heads of ministries. Now it is the minister who is to chose his deputies, said Gref.

    The minister is also entitled to determined the budgets of all subordinate services as well as to collect information and to submit it at the finance ministry.

    As to the spending of budgetary funds, it will be supervised by federal agencies which are state customers of federal programmes and have the power to manage property.

    "The minister plans but has no right to distribute budgetary funds, which settles a conflict within one ministry," noted Gref.

    "This is the present-day world tendency in the advanced countries engaged in the perfection of their management system," continued Gref.

    He specified that the new structure would have three types of bodies: 14 ministries to have as their subordinates 30 services, 28 agencies and four funds.

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