The meeting began with a discussion on the situation in the Irkutsk Region caused by the flooding. Reports were submitted by Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev, Irkutsk Region Governor Sergei Levchenko, and Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko.
First Deputy Prime Minister – Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, deputy prime ministers Tatyana Golikova, Alexei Gordeyev, Maxim Akimov, and Head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service Igor Artemyev all reported on the status of the instructions given after the Direct Line programme.
The main subject of the meeting was legislative support for implementing national projects.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Now aboutour second issue, which is the main issue, legislative support for implementing national projects. I want to say a few words about this.
Regulatory support for national projects is undoubtedly a complicated issue. It covers a wide range of new areas where we need to build a system of legal regulations almost from scratch.
I primarily mean the digital economy. We will have to adopt over 50 regulatory acts, 50 laws. In spite of the sophisticated and challenging nature of this work, we must do it professionally and with high quality, and set a legal background for national projects and development programmes. This concerns both the new areas that I mentioned and the traditional sectors, specifically the business climate, promoting exports, the environment, housing and public utilities, which we just talked about, transport and many other areas.
I know, and Mr Medvedev and I have discussed this many times, the Government has done a lot in this respect. Some framework laws have been passed, and more have been submitted for consideration by the parliament. It is important to expedite the background work for this, but that does not mean it should be done at the expense of quality. We do not need to rush in this respect. But it is essential to adopt the necessary acts during the current spring session or at least the autumn session, better at the beginning.
If there are any difficulties with this, let’s discuss it now. I would ask our colleagues from the Presidential Executive Office to oversee this important process and help the government promote these issues in the State Duma.