Speaking at the Congress' opening, President Medvedev noted that support for compatriots will remain an important aspect of government policy. Amendments to the Federal Law on Russian public policy towards compatriots abroad have already been prepared. In particular, the proposed changes will clarify the concept of compatriots abroad, increase the Congress's role and expand the possibilities for Russian regions to work with compatriots.
Changes will also be made to the government programme to assist the voluntary resettlement of compatriots in Russia.
Dmitry Medvedev touched on the issue of creating opportunities for young compatriots to be educated in Russian educational institutions, developing a network of Russian centres of science and culture, as well as protecting the rights and interests of compatriots.
The President said that following the Congress he will give the relevant instructions to the Government Cabinet, ministries of foreign affairs, education and culture, and other agencies.
Recalling next year's 65th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, President Medvedev invited compatriots to the celebration and remarked that Russia will support efforts by compatriots' organisations to resist revanchism and xenophobia.
Delegates from 90 countries attended the forum.