The meeting focused on prospects of interaction between the Cabinet and the Federation Council, and short-term priorities in legislation. Ms Matviyenko also spoke with the prime minister about plans for modernising the inner workings of the upper parliamentary house.
“Reading high quality and serious literature directly influences people’s level of education and cultural sophistication. It sets social trends and shapes the nation’s aspirations to make scientific and economic breakthroughs and other significant achievements. To a great extent, it serves as a springboard for the entire nation, giving it a competitive edge on the world scene.”
“The VEB should take a more proactive role in investment policy, operating as a powerful driving force behind projects aimed at restructuring the Russian economy to enhance its resistance to any kind of outside stress.”
Vladimir Putin said that from October 1, 2011, all federal executive authorities will use electronic systems to communicate. He said “this is a crucial stage in the implementation of our systemic project to further develop an effective and modern mechanism for state governance.”
“If we truly want to succeed in our efforts, our focus must always be on the Russian people. Russian families must feel the positive changes in their lives and that is the main goal and meaning of our work.”
“The purpose of the state and the economy is to address social issues. It is clear that not a single problem can be resolved without the economy, be it defence capability, security or social issues. <…> But we work for the benefit of the people. At least it should be so.”
The results of the socio-economic development of the region over the past six months, as well as the situation in the social sphere, especially improvements in healthcare and education were discussed at the meeting. They focused particularly on increasing teachers’ salaries and on housing construction.
“The government’s position remains unchanged: responsible budgetary policy and what is called living within our means. Therefore we expect that by the end of the three-year period, by 2014, we will have cut the federal budget deficit by half, to about 0.7% of GDP”.
The two officials discussed the modernisation of secondary school education and regional efforts to increase teachers’ salaries. The prime minister, who had earlier ordered an increase in teachers’ salaries to match the average wage for the regional economy, said that these efforts should continue until the desired effect is reached nationwide.
The two officials discussed the results of socio-economic development efforts in the North Caucasus Federal District during the first half of 2011. According to Khloponin, the results indicate that the local economy is growing quickly, and, thanks to effective federal programmes, the unemployment rate fell by 23% from last year. The discussion focused particularly on ongoing investment projects.
During the conversation, special attention was paid to social issues such as reducing the unemployment rate, increasing teachers’ salaries, social housing construction, including the “Teacher’s House” project initiated by the prime minister. In addition, off-plan investors’ problems were discussed at the meeting.
“Russia needs to create all the necessary conditions for smart investments both in manufacturing and in high-tech development, so we need to expand freedom for bona fide entrepreneurial activities and to assist those with clear and useful initiatives, the goal of which is not to make a one-time profit, but to improve the quality of life in individual towns, cities and entire regions.”
“We need a case-by-case approach!” said the prime minister, in reference to concrete problems of the people.
“Everyone here is speaking very professionally about concrete issues. This means the primary elections were a success, because people have emerged who can see to the core of the problems, and are able to formulate them clearly and propose solutions.”
“A competitive environment sets the tone for the country’s economy, shapes the investment climate and serves as an internal stimulus for developing multiple industries. Therefore, supporting healthy competition between businesses is a strategic priority of the government and the entire country.”
“Of course, no one is insured against air accidents, which happen in all countries with an aviation industry, even those that have the latest aircraft. However, over the past few months there has been a series of plane crashes and incidents in Russia. This is yet another cause to seriously consider what is going on in that industry.”
The economy of the Sverdlovsk Region has reached its pre-crisis levels, with its industrial production and gross regional product growing two times more quickly than the average in the country, Misharin said. He proposed setting up an exposition centre in Nizhny Tagil to exhibit ground military equipment. Putin approved of the initiative, and offered government support.
The two officials discussed the South Kurils development programme and environmental issues, particularly the conservation of the endangered Far Eastern leopard.
The meeting focused on the Strategy of Russia’s Innovative Development until 2020. “An innovative breakthrough is not a one-time effort. In the high-tech sector, it is necessary to constantly reaffirm your competitiveness, in order to prove that you have the right to be a leader year after year,” the Prime Minister emphasised.
The prime minister said that in recent years much has been done to develop St Petersburg’s economy and to fortify the city’s position in Russia and in the world, while acknowledging that there are still many problems for the governor and his colleagues to solve.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends a United Russia party interregional conference, Strategy of Social and Economic Development for Russia’s Northwestern Regions to 2020. The Programme for 2011-2012, in Cherepovets
“If a political party wants popular support, it must understand the people’s concerns, their needs, and make improving their quality of life its priority. It should focus on increasing people’s welfare – not in some abstract way, but specifically in one’s city, village, region or in Russia as a whole.”
The Governor reported on his first actions after taking office, on the current social and economic situation in the region and future plans. A special emphasis during the meeting was laid on raising teachers’ salaries.
Head of the Federal Customs Service told Putin about the initial results of his department’s work during the Customs Union’s operation. He emphasised that more taxes and duties are being collected.
"The intellectual sphere must have a firm moral foundation," said Vladimir Putin.