ASI compiled a list of reforms to improve the investment climate in Russia in 2018

The Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) has prepared a list of regulatory reforms planned to implement in Russia in 2018 in the field of customs administration, connection to the energy infrastructure, obtaining construction permits and property registration. Asi.ru publishes comments on the ‘New Business’ section of the ASI on key changes recorded in the ‘road maps’ of the National Business Initiative (NBI).

‘Improvement of Customs Administration’

  • At automobile checkpoints, customs authorities will be able to independently declare and issue goods. The reform will help to avoid duplicating the inspection of goods when they are imported into the territory of the Customs Union and to reduce the costs of participants in foreign economic activity (FEA).
  • Under the current rules, an entrepreneur may be located in the same city and remotely – electronically – file a declaration for goods that arrived at customs in another city. However, now if the customs has questions and the entrepreneur must submit additional documents, he has to specifically go to the customs house where his goods are located. It takes time and money. The new reform will allow the foreign trade participant to submit the required documents to the nearest territorially convenient customs authority empowered to accept the relevant documents.

‘Improvement the Availability of Energy Infrastructure’

  • Terms for the issuance of technical conditions and drafts of connection agreements will be reduced from 30 to 7 and 15 working days (excluding timing of information exchange between the gas distribution and gas transportation organizations).
  • The entrepreneur will not need to obtain a permit for the construction of gas distribution networks and gas consumption with a design working pressure of up to 0.6 MPa.
  • If only tie-in connection and gas-in are required (without obtaining a construction permit), the deadline for connection to the gas infrastructure will constitute: 3 months if the fee for technological connection is established according to an individual project; or 10 business days for other cases.
  • For consumers with gas equipment, having an hourly gas consumption of over 300 cubic meters, the mode of ‘one window’ will be set. The standards for information disclosure will change - the gas transportation organization will be obliged to disclose information about the availability of capacity shortage at the points of exit from the gas trunk-line system.
  • Owners of the gas pipeline systems will have to provide investments for increasing the capacity of the infrastructure.
‘Improvement of the legal regulation for urban development and improvement of the business climate in the construction industry’
  • Builders and resource providers will be able to place linear objects within the boundaries of common areas (for example, along the road network) without registration of land rights. To do this, it will be sufficient to obtain decision of the state authorities and local self-government.
  • The authorities will post engineering survey data electronically in information systems for urban development. Software in regional information systems will be unified.

‘Improvement of the quality of public services in the sphere of state cadastral registration of real estate and state registration of rights to real estate and transactions with it’

  • It will be possible to submit documents for state registration of rights and cadastral registration in any office of Rosreestr or MPC - regardless of the location of the property (extraterritorial principle).
  • Based on the Federal Chamber of Notaries, an information system for storing information about powers of attorney (issued and canceled) and other documents certified by Notary submitted to Rosreestr will operate. This list also includes information about persons who have the right to inherit by law or testament under the hereditary cases in the production of notaries. Rosreestr employees will have access to all these documents in real time.
  • The Unified State Register of Real Estate will include information on the boundaries of the territories of cultural heritage sites of federal significance, as well as information on their preserve zones.
  • Rosreestr will develop recommendations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to obtain information on remote sensing of the earth.
  • The boundaries of land plots will be clarified on mass scale, including those in state, municipal and private ownership, as well as land plots whose state ownership is not delimited.
  • Rosreestr will determine the coordinates of buildings and structures, information on which is included in the state cadaster of real estate. The work will be carried out as part of the transfer of data from the archives of the bodies that carried out technical accounting and inventory of these facilities.
  • The state water register will include information on the boundaries of water bodies. Later they will be included in the Unified State Register of Real Estate within the framework of interdepartmental information interaction.

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Road maps of the National Business Initiative are action plans aimed at improving the investment climate in Russia - simplification, making business procedures cheaper and faster. The annual World Bank’s Doing Business (Doing Business) rankings, as well as OECD PMR’s competitive environment indicators and business activity indicators of New Business Density are chosen as benchmarks for the successful implementation of road maps. The target indicator of the implementation of the ‘road maps’ of the NBI is Russia’s accession to the top 20 countries in terms of the investment climate in 2018.