During the meeting Vladimir Putin and Alexei Miller discussed all aspects of Gazprom’s performance, focusing particular attention on the South Stream project. They also discussed gas cooperation with Ukraine. Putin called the country Russia's main strategic partner in supplying gas to European consumers.
“We face major challenges of modernising our economy and making it more competitive and innovative. There are many challenges involved in the development of the regions. Vnesheconombank is actively working in practically all these areas.”
“No doubt, the government is responsible for the socio-economic situation in the country. The government is directly in charge of it. But it gives you a certain drive when you realise that it is your personal responsibility.”
“When I talk about the need to ensure transparent elections, I want you to remember that it is above all us who need transparency, because we must be confident of people’s support. This is a fundamental issue, for it is impossible to implement such challenging plans without people’s support.”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin meets with Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov, Head of the Federal Tax Service Mikhail Mishustin and Delovaya Rossiya President Alexander Galushka
“The interests of the state consist not only of collecting taxes but also ensuring comfortable working conditions for all taxpayers. Our fiscal instruments should stimulate economic activity, not suppress it,” Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at the meeting.
Vladimir Putin has ordered the Government Executive Office to prepare draft instructions following the president’s address to the Federal Assembly: “Because a significant portion of the address was meant for the government, and the tasks set forth in it fall within the government’s responsibility.”
“The goal that we have set for ourselves is to propel economic growth to at least six per cent, or better still, to seven per cent per year, and to join the ranks of the world’s top five economies within five years. We must achieve this through growth, not because of a contraction in the world’s major economies.”
“I’m convinced that all our projects in the North Caucasus must be measured primarily by the new jobs they create, and this means that we must form a modern and effective employment structure and increase the demand for qualified labour and business initiatives.”
“Russia has not commissioned this many power facilities per year in a quarter of a century. All this is the result of these large-scale programmes that we have approved, and that we have been consistently implementing over the past few years, even in spite of well-known problems associated with efforts to overcome the crisis of 2009-2010. This is the result of the joint work of the government, the regions and the business community...”
The meeting was held under the auspices of the United Russia party chairman’s public reception office.
Vladimir Putin instructed the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media to install, together with the Central Electoral Committee, video cameras at all voting stations in Russia. “It would be best to have cameras at all voting stations in the country,” the prime minister said. He also instructed them to discuss with the public various ways to implement this plan.
The prime minister answered over 90 questions on key socio-political issues. The programme lasted a record 4 hours 32 minutes.
The two officials discussed the progress of the socio-economic development programme in the Chechen Republic, primarily with regard to the commissioning of important public services and facilities such as hospitals, schools, and social care centres. The head of the Chechen Republic assured the prime minister that all of the facilities that are scheduled for completion in 2011 have already become operational.
The focus of the meeting was working with investors and the social sphere. The prime minister encouraged the governor to be more active in disbursing funds allocated for upgrading healthcare facilities. He also commented on the need to deregulate the local market for housing and utilities.
At the meeting, they discussed the company’s interim results in the year that is coming to a close, plans for the near future, as well as ALROSA’s relationship with its major business partners.
The Russian prime minister spoke about the positive trend in Russian-Israeli relations, particularly economic relations. He also noted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the resumption of Russian-Israeli diplomatic relations.
“We cannot accept any acts of corruption. They must be fought very actively. Very actively! We must marshal every resource, formal and informal.”
"The people who have a special responsibility to their country and to society, and who carry out their duty, will be able to count on decent social guarantees. For our part, we expect improved performance from all the structures responsible for the security of the state and its citizens."
The meeting centred on the Electronic Government project. The Deputy Prime Minister reported that its first, federal stage has already been completed and the second stage implemented at the regional and local levels is being launched. Mr Putin noted that progress has been fast and that the main goal should be to continue at the same pace.
According to the prime minster, the shipyard was going through a difficult period, but one that was generated artificially. It is time to address this situation and all related issues.