Seminar: «Public Expertise – Effective Tool of State - NGO Cooperation»
Kostroma, 26 November 2010
Organised by

Lawyers for Civil Society, Russia, and
INGO Conference of the Council of Europe


The participants, having discussed the necessity of public expertise1 as one of the most important tools of inter-sectoral cooperation, having analyzed the current practice of holding public expertise in the Russian Federation at federal, regional and local levels as well as abroad, recognizing the importance of improving and increasing the efficiency of dialogue between public authorities and society under the conditions of economic instability recommend the following:

To state government bodies of the Russian Federation:
- to accept for consideration the draft Federal Law “On public expertise of legislation and draft legislation”;
- To the Houses of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to take measures aimed at increasing transparency of the legislative process and holding public expertise (nationwide discussion) of draft legislation, taking into account the possibilities provided by modern technologies (including internet) as well as the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process;
- to provide funding for socially significant public expertise by civil society organizations within the framework of the federal support program for the socially oriented non-commercial organizations;

To governmental agencies of the constituent territories of the Russian Federation:
- to support the adoption of the Federal Law “On public expertise of legislation and draft legislation” and to develop mechanisms for the holding of public expertise at the regional level guaranteeing the participation of all parts of society;
- to provide organizational, informational and technical support to socially oriented non-commercial organizations which perform public expertise related to socially significant regional issues;

To local self-governance bodies:
- to involve public experts in public hearings and meetings of self-governance bodies in a more active manner;
- to use possibilities provided by public expertise in the sphere of urban development and land use in a more productive way;

To the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and similar regional chambers:
- to establish open and continuously updated federal, regional and local databases of public experts;
- to develop technical recommendations for the performance of various types of public expertise;

To civil society organizations:
- to use the available tools for addressing requests to governmental agencies and holding public expertise on the basis of modern technologies of civil participation;
- to participate in all stages of the legislative process in a more active manner.

1 According to the Draft Federal Law „Public Expertise is understood as activities of persons or non-governmental non-commercial organisations (public and civil experts), aimed at research, analysis and assessment of legislation and draft legislation checking its compliance with interests of individuals, society and the state“.