In the state Duma speaker compared to the diver in search of the bottom


Moscow. December 24. The head of the Duma Committee on budget and taxes Andrey Makarov has not yet see the need to adjust the budget by 2016, even with the decline in oil prices. He expressed surprise at the statements by individual members of the government on their ability.

“If, excuse me, we have those who are responsible for the forecast of the country’s economic development, saying now that perhaps, we will reconsider the forecast on oil downward, I have only one feeling that the Minister of economic development, for whom I have great respect, is a most intelligent person, a great poet – but I lately I have the feeling that he became a diver: once every two months, he dons a diving suit, dive down somewhere, and announce to all: the bottom is reached!” – Makarov said at a press conference Thursday, during which the leadership of the faction “United Russia” has summed up work in the autumn session.

He stressed that the budget can not be formed on the basis of such forecasts. “Today there is no one factor that was not taken into account when adopting the budget”, – said the representative of the parliamentary majority and invited all to focus on how to execute that budget.

Makarov said that the issue of oil prices was also discussed during the development of the main financial plan for the year. “900 pages of computer text – everything is written there. It is written: what will be, what we should prepare,” he said. According to him, over the past 20 days after the budget was adopted, nothing has occurred that the state Duma would not take into account when passing the budget.

Earlier the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev said that his Agency may revise the oil price downwards in the macroeconomic forecast of development of the country. At the same time, he refused to disclose the specific amount may be revised the price of oil.

In the baseline scenario of the macro forecast for 2016, envisaging GDP growth of 0.7%, based on the price of oil at $50 a barrel. Now the price is much closer to the scenario that the Central Bank was designated as a “risk” ($35 on average for the year).