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MOSCOW, March 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a directive on the establishment of a users' council on matters concerning the activities of organizations in the field of transportation of oil, petroleum products, and gas. A report to this effect has been placed on Thursday on the Russian government's website.
A draft directive "On the Introduction of Amendments to Regulations for Governmental Commission on the Fuel and Energy Sector, Reproduction of the Mineral Resources Base, and Efforts to Raise the Energy Efficiency of the Economy" was worked out by the Russian Ministry of Energy in accordance with the Government's Instruction 1,689-r, dated September 19, 2013, with a view to establishing mechanisms for a public monitoring of the activities of the entities of natural monopolies, providing users' participation in monitoring the formation and implementation of their investment programs, the taking of users' opinion into account in decision-making and in the setting of tariffs on the commodities and services of the entities of natural monopolies, providing of a maximum openness of the decision-making process, the examination of differences between the entities of natural monopolies and the users of their services, as well as Federal executive power bodies concerned.
"The signed directive envisages the establishment of a users' council on matters relating to the activities of organizations operating in the field of transportation of oil, petroleum products through trunk pipelines and the transportation of gas via pipelines. The Users' Council's rules of procedure and composition are to be affirmed by the Chairman of the Governmental Commission on the Fuel and Energy Sector, Reproduction of the Mineral Resources Base, and a Rise in the Energy Efficiency of the Economy," the government report says.