The head of state in the course of the meeting intends to discuss topical issues of development of the country, to evaluate the work of the Cabinet and to highlight some priorities for the next year.
MOSCOW, 24 Dec –. The Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at the government House to hold a final in this year meeting with the Cabinet of Ministers, the press service of the Kremlin.
“During the meeting the head of state will discuss topical issues of development of the country and congratulate the members of the Cabinet of Ministers a happy New year”, — stated in the message.
The final meeting of the President and Ministers have become a tradition. As a rule, they are the President evaluates the work of the government and identifies a number of priorities for the next year.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has summed up the preliminary results of this year within the framework of a television interview to Russian TV channels. He noted that anti-crisis plan of the government in the current year worked, and Russia will overcome all difficulties in 2016.
“All will be well. As for the difficulties: well, some of the difficulties will remain, but there is no doubt that we will overcome them”, — said Medvedev in the answer to the question, what awaits Russia in the next year.
The agenda of the meeting
According to the press service of the Cabinet of Russia, the meeting will consider various questions, including questions about the volume of issue of government securities in 2016, the distribution of subsidies to budgets of constituent entities to support measures to balance the budgets of the subjects who reached better results in socio-economic development of territories by the end of 2014.
In addition, it will address the amendments in some acts of the government of the Russian Federation (in regard to appointment and dismissal by the government Deputy heads of Federal services and Federal agencies subordinate to the Federal ministries); the question of the formation of the organizational Committee on preparation and holding of the III World military winter games 2017 in Sochi.
Just at the meeting will consider the 23 question.
The crisis management plan and substitution
“If we talk about my grades, I can say that the anti-crisis plan worked. He allowed us to endure the most difficult period this year. And almost all areas that we have identified as most important, this plan has brought result,” said Prime Minister Medvedev.
Part of the crisis plan failed to accomplish, he said, will be postponed until next year.
As noted by the Chairman of the government, has resulted in largely neutralizing the impact of external factors on the Russian economy.
In 2016 the government will focus on supporting some of most important and vulnerable economic sectors, including transport engineering, agriculture, light industry, auto industry and housing construction.
The Prime Minister stressed that these industries have great potential both from the point of view of import substitution and the cumulative effect they can bring. He noted that we need programs and plans in relevant areas to adjust, to take decisions on funding and implementation.
The problem of import substitution, which largely depend on many sectors of the Russian economy, worsened after complications of relations with the West in 2014 in connection with the situation in Ukraine. Import substitution programmes are conducted in all sectors of the Russian economy, but especially in those that suffered most from the sanctions. At the same time, the Russian authorities have repeatedly said that Russia has no plans to build a closed economy and lock the doors for cooperation with foreign partners
The budget and the oil price
The state Duma adopted the law on the budget only in 2016 due to the high volatility of financial and commodity markets. Traditionally, the main financial estimates of the country was approved for three years. The lower house of Parliament in recent times refused a three-year budget planning during the crisis in 2008.
According to the document, the income 13,738 trillion rubles, expenses — 16,099 trillion rubles. The budget deficit will be at 2.36 trillion rubles, or 3% of GDP. The budget is formed proceeding from inflation in 2016 is not above the 6.4% average annual price for Urals oil at $ 50 per barrel. GDP is expected to 78,673 trillion rubles.
Within budget funds were allocated for assistance to the regions. In particular, in 2016 the subjects of the Russian Federation will provide up to 310 billion rubles of budgetary credits to partially cover deficits in their budgets, for covering temporary cash gaps, as well as for activities connected with liquidation of consequences of natural disasters and technogenic accidents.
Meanwhile, world oil prices in recent days are at the level of multi-year lows.
Economics and social policy
Instructions to the Russian President voiced in his annual address to the Federal Assembly. In particular, Putin proposed to extend for six months the Amnesty of capital and asked the government to hold additional consultations with the business community, the Supreme court, law enforcement, and in a short time to make the proper adjustments.
He offered to host in 2016 the recapitalization Fund of industry support by 20 billion rubles.
Speaking about agriculture, the President noted that Russia in this area has made a breakthrough, and by 2020, the need to fully provide domestic market with domestic food. According to him, Russia can become the world’s largest supplier of healthy, organic, quality food.
“To accomplish such ambitious tasks, it is necessary to focus resources to support primarily those farms that are highly efficient. It is on these principles should guide the agriculture development programme”, stressed the President.
The head of state said that should seize idle lands from unscrupulous owners and sell them at auctions, the relevant law should be adopted in autumn 2016.
One of the most notorious applications in the social block of the address related to the program of the parent capital.
“I think it necessary to extend the program of the parent capital for at least another two years”, — said the head of state in his address to the Federal Assembly.
In accordance with applicable law, the parent capital can refer women who have given birth second and subsequent children until the end of 2016.
In addition, Putin instructed the government until March 1, 2016, to prepare and approve a methodology for the optimal placement of social institutions, which should be mandatory for application in the regions.
The head of state said that the MLA should create a special Federal money to Finance expensive operations, and related amendments, the state Duma should accept in the spring.
The fight against terrorism
In the past year amid escalation in Syria, Russia is actively involved in the fight against terrorism in the world and encourages other States to act together.
In the fall of 2015 there have been several important events that influenced the course of the war in Syria. From 30 September, at the request of the Syrian authorities in this country began operation Russian strike aircraft. It is assumed that Russian military action would lead to fracture on the ground. In addition, the Russian Federation repeatedly in the course of the year stressed about the necessity to unite efforts of all countries in the fight against terrorist groups.
About Putin said in his address to the Federal Assembly. According to the head of state, international terrorism cannot be defeated by one country. Every civilized nation must contribute in defeating terrorism. Not by declarations, but by concrete action, said Putin. He again invited the international community to create anti-terrorist front. “We need to create a single fist, a powerful anti-terrorist front against international terrorism,” – said the Russian leader.