15 november 2012
Background material for the Government meeting
The following issues are scheduled for discussion at the 15 November 2012 Government meeting:
1. Draft federal programme on Healthcare Development
The federal programme is aimed at improving public health and the performance of healthcare institutions by continuously modernising the technological base of the healthcare industry, developing medical science and education, educating personnel, and introducing IT and modern management standards.
The federal programme includes a number of sub-programmes on
disease prevention and the cultivation of a healthy lifestyle and the development of primary healthcare, on the improvement of high-tech and other specialised medical and first aid, including specialised first aid and medical evacuation, on the development and the introduction of innovative methods of diagnostics, preventive care and treatment and the foundations of personalised medicine, on the protection of the health of the mother and the child and the development of medical rehabilitation and health resort treatment for adults and children.
2. Draft federal programme On Providing Russian Citizens with Quality
Housing and Utilities (As Regards Providing Quality Housing)
The main goal of the federal programme is to make housing better and more affordable for the population. It contains Government commitments on providing housing to specific categories of people and improving the quality and reliability of utility services.
The draft federal programme includes a number of sub-programmes aimed at creating the conditions for providing Russian citizens with quality housing and utilities and ensuring the implementation of the federal programme. The draft also includes the Federal Targeted Programme on Housing for 2011-2015 and the Federal Targeted Programme on Clean Water for 2011-2017. The elaboration of the Federal Targeted Programme on Housing for 2016-2020 has also been planned.
3. Draft federal law On Introducing Amendments to Article 311 of the Federal Law on Non-Profit Organisations
The draft law instructs socially-oriented non-profit organisations to cultivate an intolerance of corruption in society, to develop inter-ethnic cooperation, and to preserve and to protect distinctive features, cultures, languages and traditions of the peoples of the Russian Federation.
4. Draft federal law On Introducing Amendments to the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) and Article 143 of the Arbitration Procedure Code (APC) of the Russian Federation
Article 143 of the APC requires commercial courts to suspend legal proceedings in the case of the death of a party to a lawsuit if the legal relationship in the dispute allows succession, but does not provide for this contingency in the case of the death of a third party with independent claims.
To ensure the uniform regulation of kindred relations, the draft suggests introducing relevant amendments to articles 215, 216 and 217 of the CPC and Article 143 of the APC.
5. Draft federal law On Introducing Amendments to Article 6 of the Federal Law on Commodity Exchanges and Exchange Trade and Certain Legislative Act of the Russian Federation
The draft law suggests supplementing Article 6 of the Federal Law On Commodity Exchanges and Exchange Trade with Item 4, which requires the parties to over-the-counter (OTC) exchange commodity transactions, including those under long-term supply contracts, to notify the relevant commodity exchange about the transactions in the instances, order, extent and time frame set by the Government.
To prevent attempts to avoid registering OTC transactions with the relevant commodity exchange, including those under long-term contracts, the draft suggests introducing administrative responsibility for violations of the rules for OTC exchange commodity transactions, in particular for presenting incomplete or false information or for withholding it altogether. The draft proposes that violators should pay administrative fines – citizens from 1,000 to 2,500 roubles, officials from 20,000 to 30,000 roubles, and legal entities from 300,000 to 500,000 roubles.
6. Draft federal law On Introducing Amendments to Article 322 of the Criminal Code and Articles 150 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation
The draft suggests introducing amendments to the Criminal Code that will make a foreign citizen or a stateless person criminally responsible for crossing the national border of the Russian Federation if they are knowingly barred from entering the Russian Federation under the legally established procedures.
The draft also suggests making amendments to articles 150 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code to establish the competence of border bodies on criminal cases under the first two paragraphs of Article 322 of the Criminal Code and of the Federal Security Service bodies on criminal cases under the Part III of the Criminal Code.
7. Endorsing the allocation of federal budget subsidies to the Russian regions in 2012 to co-finance their expenditure commitments on major agricultural development regional programmes
The draft has endorsed the allocation of 14,390,857,000 roubles in subsidies for regional expenditure commitments in 2012 on major economic agricultural development programmes. It has also repealed Government Resolution No 259-r of 28 February 2012, which approved the allocation of 6,000,000,000 roubles to this end.
The federal law On the Federal Budget for 2012 and the 2013-2014 Planning Period provides set forth the allocation of 12,998,600,000 roubles for major economic programmes in 2012.
During the implementation of the 2012 federal budget, an additional 1, 392,257,000 roubles were also allocated for the same purpose.
The subsidies are granted to the budgets of regions whose programmes the Ministry of Agriculture has chosen on a competitive basis.
An additional 8,463,991,000 roubles will be allocated as follows:
Additionally, 73,134,000 roubles in subsidies that were not used by the Tyumen Region due to a lack of need for federal budget funds to this end will be re-allocated to regional programmes to develop industries such as agriculture, processing, procurement and marketing that are important for the socio-economic progress of particular regions.
The above-mentioned funds will be allocated as follows – 10,097,170 roubles to the Republic of Bashkortostan, 8,593,830 roubles to the Republic of Dagestan, 23,662,720 roubles to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), 30,621,580 roubles to the Astrakhan Region, and 158,700 roubles to the Magadan Region.
8. Allocations of federal budget subsidies to regional budgets on measures under the Federal Targeted Programme to Protect Lake Baikal and for the Socio-Economic Development of the Baikal Nature Territory for 2012-2020
The draft directive suggests granting federal budget subsidies to the Republic of Buryatia on the measures envisaged by the federal targeted programme to protect Lake Baikal and for the socio-economic development of the Baikal Nature Territory for 2012-2020. The measures seek to eradicate the environmental damage caused by past economic activities. The subsidy amount is as follows – 302.7 million roubles for 2012, 201.1 million roubles for 2013, and 450 million roubles for 2014.
The proposed measures are aimed at removing the underground accumulation of oil products polluting the waters of the Selenga River in the area of the township of Steklozavod of the city of Ulan-Ude, and reclaiming derelict soils and protecting surface and underground waters polluted by the Dzhidinsky Tungsten and Molybdenum Complex.
9. Introducing amendments to the allocation of federal budget subsidies granted in 2012 to regions of the Russian Federation to co-finance the construction of permanent buildings and facilities in state (municipal) ownership under Government Directive No 1727-r of 18 September 2012.
The federal law On the Federal Budget for 2012 and the 2013-2014 Planning Period provides for the allocation of 1,800,000,000 roubles to co-finance the construction of permanent buildings and facilities in state (municipal) ownership. Earlier in 2012, the Government’s directive endorsed the allocation of 1,483,661,520 roubles in subsidies from this amount for these purposes.
At a meeting in the Ministry of Regional Development on 19 September 2012, the commission on selecting regions distributed the remaining funds of 316,338,480 roubles.
The commission also decided to increase the earlier granted subsidies to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) from 50,956,460 roubles to 69,514,460 roubles and to the Vladimir Region from 47,249,710 roubles to 76, 457,060 roubles and to grant subsidies worth 12,639,130 roubles to the Chechen Republic and 255,934,000 roubles to the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
10. Making federal budget allocations in 2013-2015 towards a voluntary targeted contribution to the UN World Food Programme Fund to finance the project to develop a sustainable school food system in the Republic of Armenia
The contribution is to be used for the second stage of the project to develop a sustainable school food system in the Republic of Armenia under the UN World Food Programme Fund's Regional Office for the CIS, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the UN World Food Programme Fund country office for Armenia.
The project will be funded during the 2013-2015 calendar years. Under the project, the Government plans to supply Armenia with up to 5,508 tonnes of Russian-produced goods and render the republic technical assistance in elaborating the programme for developing and expanding the school catering infrastructure.
11. Making federal budget allocations in 2013-2015 towards a voluntary targeted contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme Fund to finance the implementation of the project to develop sustainable school food systems in the countries of the Deauville Partnership
The contribution for the 2012-2014 calendar years is to be spent on drafting a regional programme to create sustainable school food systems in countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa and to implement a pilot project to upgrade school catering in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Under the pilot project, the Government plans to supply Jordan with 7,764 tonnes of Russian food. The project also provides for drafting a programme to upgrade school catering in Jordan.
The project is supposed to be carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme Fund Regional Office for the CIS, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, and United Nations World Food Programme Fund country offices in Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco.
14 November 2012
* Press releases by the Department of Press Service and Information are based on the materials submitted by the federal executive bodies for discussion by the Government of the Russian Federation.