Mr Khristenko said the Government approved a plan for reforming the railway transport by 2006. He said one of the priorities was to set up Russian Railways joint stock company.
Nearly 1,000 organisations, with a total asset value of 1.3 trillion roubles, entered the list of companies and property belonging to Russian Railways approved by the Government.
The meeting also discussed organisational issues of stock trade in oil and oil products in Russia.
The President expressed his concern over the rising electricity prices. A number of regional energy commissions had foreseen the price growth in 2004 above the mark set by the Government as the ceiling, he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister told the President that a resolution on the maximum tariff rates for 2004 would be drafted by a Government meeting scheduled for August 14, and none of energy commissions would have the right to raise the tariffs beyond the set level.