The Ministry of Economic Development has submitted to the Government a package of bills to get away from paper-based licenses for businesses

The documents intend to completely get away from the procedure for issuing paper-based operating licenses for the provision of services for legal entities and individual entrepreneurs.

The documents propose to make an entry on granting an operating license in the relevant registry instead of issuing a paper document. The information in the license registry will be open and available to the public.

During the period of adaptation to the new rules, licenses will be issued both in paper form and electronically. At the same time, transcripts from license registry in electronic form will be provided free of charge.

The draft laws are aimed to implement the so-called “registry model” of the provision of public services, in which a legally significant result of providing a service is entering amendments to the relevant information resource.

A similar model is already being used when providing certain services by the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, the Federal Tax Service of Russia, RusAccreditation and several other agencies. On the orders of the President of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development is working to spread the implementation of this principle to other mass and socially important services.

According to Savva Shipov, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the transition to the “registry model” is an important step in optimizing the entire system of public services. “The interfaces for applying to receive public services have already been partially converted into electronic format, but in order to make the provision of services digital, we need to rely on legally relevant data that will be used to make decisions in an automated manner. For this, it is necessary that the results of providing public services are entered into electronic registries and given priority over paper-based documents. As a result, we should get a fundamentally different quality of providing public services, quicker turn-around times and reduction in government spending,” he said.

In 2017, about 234,000 applications for the provision of licensing services (issuing or re-issuing a license, issuing a duplicate license, etc.) were reviewed. Of those, only 7,000 documents were issued in electronic form.