MOSCOW, June 6 (Itar-Tass) — The Minister of Education and Science, Dmitry Livanov, believes the ministries should take an active part in the work of the public councils set up under their aegis, and promised that he himself would follow this practice.
"I understand that a public council should be part of a larger system of communication between the ministry and various groups of interests. I call it an Open Ministry," Livanov told a news conference on Wednesday.
The councils must have three main functions. Firstly, they are a floor to discuss concrete programs and ways to resolve problems, as well as and the strategies and alternatives that accompany the process. Secondly, they have the function of an expert network to evaluate these programs. Lastly, the councils should be a body to which certain authority has been delegated.
Livanov also said three principles must be observed: competitiveness /one group of interests should not represent all other groups/; real authority and the balance of rights and responsibility, as well as personal involvement of the ministry’s top officials in the councils' work. "My colleagues and I will invest our time in this work," Livanov promised.