The agenda included a broad range of current socioeconomic issues.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.
This year, a number of important initiatives of special significance for the country’s development, for strengthening the national economy and social sphere and, ultimately, for improving the people’s wellbeing have been put forth during my Address to the Federal Assembly, the United Russia party congress and many other major events.
I am referring to the proposals and decisions made to support families with children and senior citizens, and to improve social guarantees for military and law enforcement personnel. New ambitious programmes have been put forth on relocation of people from dilapidated housing, renovation of schools, and connection of residential houses in cities and settlements to gas supply system. Of course, this includes new possibilities for the regions to develop infrastructure, support small and medium-sized businesses and promote employment.
These are large-scale projects that involve major financial investment. Today I would like you to tell me about our progress in all of these fundamental spheres.
I would like to point out that many of these decisions were proposed by the United Russia party based on citizens’ requests and on regular meetings with people in the regions, and that these proposals actually constitute the party’s public programme. Some of them are already being implemented by the Government, in the form of concrete regulations, plans and programmes, some of which have already been implemented. This is why I have invited United Russia representatives to this meeting so that we can look at the preparation of the decisions, which are to be incorporated in the federal budget, and to discuss the monitoring of their future implementation, including with the involvement of the party and, of course, its regional branches, as well as its representatives in the legislatures at all levels.
I know that United Russia, its members in parliament and its candidates at the upcoming elections are working together with relevant ministries and deputy prime ministers in all these spheres. First of all, I would like to point out the importance of maintaining this coordination between the parliament and the Government in future as well, because the ultimate result depends on the coordinated efforts of the executive and legislative branches. This is extremely important.
I hope that today our colleagues will tell us about their work at this stage. I would like to emphasise once again that it is important to maintain this coordination between the two branches of power. We must work together as a close-knit team.
Let us get down to our agenda.
Vladimir Putin: I would like to say a few words at the end of our meeting.
The new convocation of the State Duma will be adopting the Federal Budget for the next three years, and at this point (we have already spoken about this, but I will repeat it), it is very important to ensure continuity in the smooth teamwork between the Government and the parliamentary factions. We have already achieved much through our close cooperation, but many tasks are still ahead.
We have big, ambitious plans that match the scale of our vast country. The measures and approaches we have discussed today are not, shall I say, single-use, but, on the contrary, are long-term and strategic in nature and are aimed at reaching the national development goals set forth in the July 2020 Executive Order.
I would like to emphasise again that financial, organisational and administrative resources must fully ensure the implementation of our actions. As I have just said, it is important to preserve macroeconomic stability and a balanced budget. I hope that this is how we will move forward with you – gradually, thoughtfully and with a long-term perspective. We will achieve tangible, real results for every citizen, every Russian family and, hence, for the country as a whole.
I would like to thank you for our joint efforts once again. Thank you.