“It is clear that bad roads objectively hinder Russia’s economic development and are having a negative impact on safety and the environment. Of course, we have been working recently to improve the situation. We have gathered good speed in road building, even in spite of the crisis.”
The meeting focused on the results of the republic’s social and economic development in the first quarter of 2011. The agenda included agriculture, preparation for the 2013 Universiade in Kazan and housing construction, as well as major automobile manufacture projects
“The most important thing is to seek out new people with fresh and interesting ideas that the country needs. On the whole, the process is going as we expected,” Mr Putin said about the formation of the Russian Popular Front.
“Again, we will closely watch the progress on eliminating administrative barriers at all levels of government, and will certainly continue working at this. It is crucial to break the vicious circle where, in place of some eliminated barriers, other ones arise.”
“The primary aim of the Agency is to support those who have already achieved something, especially medium-sized businesses.”
“Russia continues to see growth across all key industries. By 2012, we should fully offset the effects of the crisis. <…> We will need to adopt our first genuinely post-crisis budget and shift our focus to long-term goals.”
Vladimir Putin and German Gref discussed the bank's results for the first quarter of 2011, as well as the bank's social programmes – primarily support for the mortgage system. Special attention was paid to Sberbank’s programme for building family-type children's homes.
“Language and a country's spiritual, cultural and historical heritage are what define national identity and bind together the people, society, and the entire country. What’s more, in many ways, these form the foundations for state sovereignty.”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is joined by his Belarusian and Kazakhstani counterparts for a news conference following the meetings of the EurAsEC Interstate Council and the Supreme Body of the Customs Union
“Russia is firmly committed to working in this direction just as effectively as it did over the last two years, during which it essentially changed the paradigm of post-Soviet integration,” said the Russian prime minister.
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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested that the positions of director and department heads for the agency for strategic initiatives should be opened to applicants starting on May 25, 2011. According to the prime minister, the idea behind the new agency is to allow young talents to translate their ideas and projects into reality. "Positive experience in working as an independent professional will be the key selection criterion," said Mr Putin.
The agenda focused on spring sowing and the summer holiday season. Mr Putin and Mr Tkachev paid special attention to housing construction, especially for young families, and the establishment of a medical centre for orthopaedics and prosthetics.
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“We know you’re a serious sports fan. The whole world knows about your extensive support for sports,” Mr Fasel said to Prime Minister Putin.
“We are establishing the Russian Popular Front in order to draw together constructive ideas, so that civil society, including youth, women’s and veterans’ organisations, the business community, trade unions and associations, has an additional opportunity to become directly involved in charting highly important state decisions.”
The discussion focused on the region’s economy, which, according to Governor Artyakov, is making steady progress: unemployment has decreased significantly and the construction of an IT park has begun. Mr Putin wondered if these improvements had had any positive demographic effect. The governor said the birth rate in the Samara Region had reached a 20-year high in 2010.
The two officials discussed migration flow management which, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, is not only vital to Russia’s economy but to the population’s broader well-being. He added that a great deal of work on this remained to be done.
“The proposal deals with establishing a non-governmental association based on the organisations, political parties and citizens that share common values connected with love of the country, improvement of people’s standards of living, strengthening of Russia’s power, and the search for just solutions in the social sphere.”
The meeting covered the results of the first quarter, with a particular focus on housing construction and, above all, improved housing for WWII veterans. According to the governor, 1,111 people, or 90% of all veterans, had received new housing.
“The main thing we expect from the integration of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is further rapprochement between the countries, the strengthening of their economic potential and improved living standards for their citizens. I am convinced that this powerful new integration project could dramatically change the geopolitical configuration of the Eurasian space and promote unification processes in all the CIS countries.”
“The federal programme for the development of the North Caucasus must become a major instrument in resolving the region’s socio-economic issues, supporting business, launching new production lines, forming a modern social infrastructure, and reducing unemployment, which has become the main social headache in the region.”
The officials discussed the upcoming 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, to be celebrated in 2014. The prime minister noted that the Hermitage Museum is a site of global cultural significance, and its anniversary should be celebrated accordingly. At the same time, he added, the goal is not only to celebrate but to strengthen the museum.