MOSCOW, December 3. /Corr. Sergey Izotov/. Reduction budget support non-profit organizations in 2016 not planned, despite the difficult situation in the economy. This was announced by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko at the Council meeting when the Chairman of the Federation Council on interaction with civil society institutions.
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Non-profit organizations in Russia
According to her, today in Russia is registered more than 220 thousand non-profit organizations (NPOs). “It’s certainly a huge strength,” the Senator said.
Matvienko noted that NGOs are often even “better than state and municipal agencies are aware of the problems, working directly with people and able effectively to help them.” “That’s why, despite the difficult situation in the economy, next year is not planned to reduce budgetary support for the institutions of civil society,” she said.
Civil society against terrorism
Matviyenko believes that it is impossible to underestimate the capacity of civil society in countering the spread of terrorism.
“Of course, we cannot underestimate the capacity of civil society in countering the spread of terrorism”, – said the Senator, speaking at a meeting of the Council under the speaker of the upper house of Parliament on cooperation with civil society institutions. “In his Arsenal there are many tools that can prevent the emergence of new supporters of various radical movements”, – she explained.
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According to Matvienko, “the problem of terrorism, the lack of coordinated action within the world community, inter-state conflicts, unwillingness to reach an understanding on the part of some of our Western partners are those calls that need to respond immediately”.
Public expertise will allow the authorities to avoid controversial decisions
According to the speaker, the account of results of public examination will avoid sweeping and controversial decisions, causing a wave of protests in the society.
“I must admit that not always the authors of initiatives to listen to the advice of experts. Of course, it is necessary to correct the situation, to ensure that the results of the examination of the professional community, Federal and regional public chambers are fully taken into account in legislative activity”, – said the Senator.
According to Matvienko, this will avoid blunt and controversial decisions. “Such as, for example, the introduction of fees from heavy vehicles for travel on Federal highways, caused a wave of protests by truck drivers in the regions,” she explained.
About the system “Platon”
System “Platon”, providing the toll for heavy vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes of tolls on Federal highways, are available from 15 November. Until March 1, 2016, trucks to pay 1,53 rubles for each kilometer, in the future, the rate will increase. It is planned that in 2016 the collection of payments will bring 40 billion. The money will be spent on the repair of Federal highways.
On elections in the state Duma in 2016
The Chairman of the Federation Council believes that the government must do everything so that elections to the state Duma in 2016 passed without violations.
“We must do everything so that this time elections to the State Duma, local authorities, were transparently available to the citizens, without any violations”, – said today the speaker of the Federation Council at the Council meeting when the speaker of the upper house of the Parliament on cooperation with civil society institutions.
Matvienko emphasized “the importance of citizen participation in observation of elections of different levels” with the new election cycle next year.