The meeting focused on the results of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, education in performing arts and teachers’ salaries. The prime minister stressed that art school teachers must earn as much as the teachers in general education schools. The minister also reported on the renovation of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre in St Petersburg.
The meeting focused on two issues: healthcare modernisation in Moscow, where, according to Putin they have accumulated considerable experience, and the issue of Moscow’s forest belt.
"I am convinced that ensuring people’s safety is one of our key priorities. This work must be systemic and permanent."
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“In 2011, an unprecedented amount of funding was allocated towards the purchase and modernisation of equipment, arms, research and development in defence. In modern Russia, we have never set aside this kind of money before: 750 billion roubles in one year! <…>The government expects that this huge sum will be used efficiently in order to improve the performance of the organisations involved in the defence industry and state procurement.”
The minister of transport reported to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on raising the riverboat Bulgaria and paying compensation to bereaved families. In addition, Mr Levitin briefed the prime minister on the Ministry of Transport’s proposals to improve river navigation safety and technical oversight.
The meeting focused on results for the first six months of 2011 in agriculture and harvesting. Mr Putin and Mrs Skrynnik highlighted the issue of financial support for various farming activities that are important for different regions’ economies, such as land reclamation, sheep farming and primary milk processing for small farms and fruit growers.
The prime minister said low-rise housing construction is one of the government’s priorities and it will receive considerable backing, first of all funding.
“Society must be informed. It should know what is happening in the key areas that determine the country’s future. Society should be informed and should, in general, be involved in these efforts. This is why we are discussing the drafting of the budget and the development programme for social sectors such as education and healthcare at different venues.”
“The Popular Front was established for the exact purpose of uniting people of different faiths and ethnicities so as to be able to identify the problems that are facing us and come up with the best ways to address them in an open and honest discussion.”
Vladimir Putin and Vitaly Savelyev discussed the results of the airline’s performance in January-June 2011, short-term prospects and the renovation of its air fleet. They focused particularly on better consumer service.
“We need to expand the realm of possibilities open to public organisations and small parties, enabling them to put forward their representatives and their concepts for how the municipality, region or nation, and the relevant levels of power and management should develop. That is why I proposed that we establish the Popular Front, which has the potential to become just such a broad platform – where people can present their ideas as well as the people who generated these ideas, giving them the chance to advocate them via United Russia’s existing channels to these power structures.”
Vladimir Putin urged government members to invest part of their personal savings to build a monument to Pyotr Stolypin. He said that Stolypin created the foundations for social policy in Russia, reformed state institutions and government agencies and ensured impressive industrial growth.
“The formation of the common customs space of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan marks the first step towards restoring the natural economic and trade ties in the post-Soviet space,” the Russian prime minister said.
The meeting focused on the fisheries sector’s results in the past six months as well as the cost of railway transportation of fish and seafood, their pricing and sales. One of the issues discussed was a law on amateur fishing.
Speaking to the main shareholders and managers of Russian oil companies, the prime minister said, “You work in the Russian Federation. You obtain licenses to use the mineral resources, but these resources are owned by the Russian people,” adding that “the state will exercise its right to regulate these activities, and the companies should be responsible for making high-quality petroleum products available on the domestic market.”
The two officials discussed the capital’s socio-economic development in the first half of the year, in particular the transition of schools to a new funding and pay system and the issue of transport, one of the city’s most critical problems, according to the prime minister. They also discussed topics related to housing construction and expanding Moscow’s municipal boundaries.
“I believe there are all the necessary conditions to start building world-class research facilities in Russia, megaclass research installations that would be similar in size to the world-renowned Large Hadron Collider, in order to obtain results worthy of the Nobel prize.”
The two officials discussed the region’s socio-economic development in the first half of the year, focusing on social issues and giving special attention to healthcare modernisation and increasing pay for teachers.