Medvedev urged a prudent approach to the use of the contingency Fund in 2016

GORKI, November 11. The use of the reserve Fund in 2016 should be prudent and careful. This was announced by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting with members of the government on the draft budget for 2016.

The Prime Minister noted that next year “like this year will be the means of reserve Fund”. “This is a separate issue, this should be as assiduous, carefully,” he said. He added that the budget for the next year and provides additional reserves, which can be used if necessary.

Medvedev called the meeting “to compare notes on the main areas of” next year’s budget”.

The priorities of the budget-2016

The Prime Minister also called on the government to quickly decide on the necessary amendments to the draft budget for 2016, which will be considered in the first reading in the state Duma on Friday.

“General characteristics of budget 2016 not leave a lot of space, you need to make proper use of budgetary funds”, – said the head of the Cabinet at a meeting with members of the government.

Medvedev has reminded that consideration of the budget for 2016 in the first reading in the state Duma is scheduled for November 13. “I hope that all goes well. However, we should discuss some crossroads, he said. – The next stage is the consideration of the draft budget in second reading. Here we will focus on the allocation of resources in specific areas, the parameters of support of regional budgets. Today we need to decide what amendments to the second reading will be offered by the government”.

In particular, Medvedev has reminded that earlier it was discussed with representatives of the faction “United Russia” in the Duma, such as allocation of funds for the construction of schools, the program is started in the beginning of 2016, and on the eve of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of education was instructed to develop a mechanism of co-financing programmes with the participation of the regions.

According to him, the implementation of the budget of Russia for 2016 decisions need to be made to support industry and agriculture, not driving inflation.

“We need to take action to support key industries, agriculture, regional budgets, thus not dispelling the inflation, of course, but on the contrary, conducting the policy which we are holding,” said the Prime Minister.

He also considers it necessary to continue funding major infrastructure projects, the modernisation programmes of education, health and welfare in General.

“In this situation it is necessary to do everything possible to save investment and entrepreneurial activity, and, of course, we cannot forget that the main task of budgetary policy remains the fulfillment of social obligations, and ensuring stability of the financial system and the economy as a whole”, – concluded Medvedev.