An administrative reform was due for quite a long time-"not even due but overdue now. It was reform No. One for many years, and one of key prerequisites for Russia's dynamic progress to go on," he stressed to the media.
Today's presidential decree, "On the System and Structure of Federal Executive Bodies" is unprecedented. For a first ever time, it clearly delineates legislative and executive duties. The document "says outright what a ministry should be, what it ought to do, and what is banned to it," added Mr. Gref.