Meeting of the State Council Commission on Energy 2021-02-01 14:00:00 Moscow Presidential Aide and State Council Secretary Igor Levitin chaired a videoconference meeting of the State Council Commission on Energy. The meeting was attended by Head of the Republic of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov, Head of the Republic of Tuva Sholban Kara-Ool, Head of the Republic of Khakassia Valentin Konovalov, Governor of the Irkutsk Region Igor Kobzev, Governor of the Rostov Region Vasily Golubev, and representatives from relevant federal and regional executive authorities and the expert community. The main item on the agenda was the development of the coal industry, including the fulfilment of presidential instructions issued at the meeting of the Presidential Commission on the Strategy for the Development of the Fuel and Energy Sector, held on August 27, 2018 on enhancing the efficiency of logistics solutions to ensure higher exports of Russian coal. Head of the State Council Commission on Energy and Governor of the Kemerovo Region – Kuzbass Sergei Tsivilev spoke about the key socio-economic problems faced by the coal industry and Russia’s coal mining regions. The meeting participants also discussed the possibility of authorising the regional governments to participate in decision-making to issue mineral development licenses in areas located in their territories; the reduction (cancellation) of discriminatory duties and China’s move to increase quotas for accepting Russian coal at Russian-Chinese land border crossings; the development of mining equipment manufacturing in Russia; the adoption the Clean Coal federal programme; and demolition of housing under the programme to close unprofitable mines and relocate residents from areas with underlying old excavation sites or other underground structures.