During the meeting, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that student stipends will be raised by 9% as of September 1, 2011. The Prime Minister also said that the Olympstroy corporation will hold a competition to select 10 student crews who will work on Olympic construction sites. Mr Putin said the students will also be involved in the construction of facilities for the APEC summit in Vladivostok, the Universiade 2013 in Kazan and the 2018 World Cup.
At the meeting, the prime minister brought up promising projects in power engineering, transport, and other industries. He expressed interest in cooperation with Spain in the construction of infrastructure facilities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the King of Spain, in his turn, replied that his country was ready to contribute to the World Cup as well as the Sochi Olympics.
“Russia and the EU face similar economic challenges, which is yet another argument for our further integration. Today we discussed coordinating our efforts, as well as the possibility of drafting long term development plans for specific sectors…”
Mr Putin and Mr Berdnikov discussed the republic’s performance in 2010 and its plans for 2011, highlighting programmes to modernise the healthcare system and reduce unemployment. Berdnikov claimed that he had already witnessed the programmes' positive influence on the region.
The two officials discussed the region’s socio-economic development, including the state of its major industrial enterprises and single-industry towns. Speaking about the large-scale investment programme that also includes the Uralmashzavod facility, the prime minister pointed out the need to protect the enterprise from the aggressive dumping policy of certain foreign companies. Mr Putin and Mr Misharin also talked about ways to make the region’s industrial facilities more environmentally friendly.
During a Government Presidium meeting, Vladimir Putin said that the regional and federal authorities should not allow electricity and gas tariffs to exceed the planned 15% increase. The prime minister also instructed the Federal Antimonopoly Service to continue monitoring fuel price cuts. Another major topic on the agenda was the implementation of the second stage of the demographic development programme. Putin said that 876 billion roubles of budget funds would be earmarked for this purpose through 2013.
“The performance of expert groups must be as open and democratic as possible. Experts should consider all sensible alternatives and proposals. They should not dismiss anything outright without constructive and professional discussion. There should be no room for political motives in the work of expert groups. <…> If the discussion is real, and if the final proposals are subjected to serious debate, there will be more trust in the results of the experts’ work.”
“Regional programmes must make healthcare more affordable. It is necessary to introduce new standards that can guarantee quality and effective care – including diagnostics, all required procedures, and the appropriate provision of pharmaceuticals. And Moscow should naturally take the lead in introducing these new healthcare standards.”
"I expect that this move, which undoubtedly attests to confidence that investors have in our financial system and our economic policy, will be to the benefit of the financial system, the economy and to VTB."
At the meeting, Mr Orlov told the prime minister about his republic’s new investment projects in livestock farming and in the fuel and energy sector. Mr Putin pointed out that wages in Kalmykia are below the national average and stressed the need to use investments to create new, well-paid jobs.
During the meeting, TMK’s 2010 performance was reviewed. According to Mr Pumpyansky, last year was good for the corporation, which became the world leader in steel pipe manufacturing. He further informed Mr Putin about the ambitious social programmes TMK has put in place for its employees, including the construction of four townships in the Russian regions.
During the the meeting Vladimir Putin raised the issue of unreasonably high prices for oil products previously discussed at a meeting devoted to the fuel and energy sector in St Petersburg. He asked if there were any positive shifts in that area. Deputy head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, Andrei Tsyganov, said the prices for diesel fuel in the capital had dropped by between 50 kopeks and one rouble per litre in the past few days. The Prime Minister instructed the FAS and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin to follow through on this work to its logical conclusion. “The consumer must feel the price cut,” the Prime Minister stressed.
“I have ample reasons to thank you for the results of 2010 – the shareholders of our major companies, the workers, the engineers, and everyone who contributed to our coa industryl, power engineering, nuclear power, oil and gas sectors <…> and I hope that we won’t see any more setbacks like the price hikes we witnessed and that the Federal Antimonopoly Service will prepare its proposals regarding transparent market pricing according to the relevant market reference points.”
The prime minister and the governor discussed the Lipetsk Region’s performance in 2010, including the progress of major investment projects, and the situation in agriculture after last summer’s severe drought. “The Lipetsk Region is a national leader according to nearly every economic indicator,” Mr Putin noted.
The prime minister and the governor focused primarily on regional infrastructure projects, above all road construction, the programme to reduce unemployment, and the state of affairs in education and healthcare. The prime minister pointed out the need to increase remuneration for healthcare workers.
The region's socio-economic development was at the focus of the meeting, in particular, healthcare modernisation and housing construction. Mr Putin and Mr Slyunyayev also touched upon the effects of last summer's drought on agriculture.
Vladimir Putin and Andrei Fursenko discussed the establishment of small innovative companies on the basis of higher educational institutions and improving the status of school librarians. In addition, they spoke about elaborating a system for recognising the diplomas of world’s leading universities.
During his visit to the Channel One headquarters late yesterday, the prime minister learned how the information programmes desk works and toured the news studio and the production control room. Vladimir Putin also attended the shooting of the TV talent show, A Minute of Fame. The prime minister also met with Channel One’s creative staff.
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“Our objective now is to encourage investment activity as much as we can, making it a key factor in re-establishing the national economy. Foreign direct investments will play a big role here, of course. Russia should be an attractive long-term strategic investment destination.”
“As you and I are perfectly aware, cinema is not just about entertainment. It’s also an important resource for education, communication, and personal growth. And we should try to make the most of this resource, bearing in mind its unfailing popularity, especially among the youth.”