Medvedev: the implementation of social obligations remains among the priorities of anti-crisis plan

Medvedev: the implementation of social obligations remains among the priorities of anti-crisis plan


SLIDES, 2 February. The draft anti-crisis plan for 2016 does not envisage increase of the retirement age and keeps in priority the fulfillment of social obligations. This was stated by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting dedicated to the draft action plan on ensuring stability of the socio-economic development of Russia in 2016.

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He stressed that the document contains two sections, the first of which provides a rapid (crisis – approx.TASS) response to the deteriorating economic situation, the second focuses on the development of the economy.

“The priority remains the fulfillment of social obligations, maintaining an acceptable situation in the labour market”, – said Medvedev. He stressed that until the completion of the discussion document will not talk about specific positions and urged his colleagues “is also to treat this with the utmost care and responsibility.”

“The only thing we can say: among the proposed measures there is no increase of the retirement age, about which much is spoken, but there are a number of different offers that you will need to judge and come to a final agreement,” concluded the Prime Minister.

The groundwork for the development of the economy

He also noted that the draft plan provides support for a variety of industries and steps to support exports.

“Last year, let me remind you that this plan is informally called crisis. The new document, of course, can be characterized by these same words, but on the other side of the different from the previous one, apart from anti-crisis solutions contains a significant package of proposals, which aims to lay the groundwork for stable economic development in the medium term”, – said Medvedev.

Keynote report at the meeting, which continued behind closed doors, was made by the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev. The event involved most of the members of the government of the Russian Federation.

To improve investment climate and reduce costs

According to him, anti-crisis plan is intended to improve the investment climate in Russia and reduce costs.

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“The proposed solution must have a positive impact on the regulatory environment, could result in a reduction of costs in the economy. The aim is to achieve further improvement of the business environment in Russia and, of course, to improve the investment climate,” Medvedev said.

The Prime Minister noted that the anti-crisis plan for 2016 is different from a similar document adopted last year, primarily because it contains a significant package of proposals designed to create conditions for stable development of Russian economy in the medium term.

Medvedev also said that the draft anti-crisis plan contains a section on structural measures to achieve sustainable economic growth.

Balance

According to him, the anti-crisis plan needs to strike a balance between financial capabilities and economic development.

Medvedev added that during today’s meeting it is planned to discuss the major sections of the draft anti-crisis plan, to see what has not yet included.

“Of course, such proposals can be made. Decide on some large, discuss the effectiveness of solutions. As I said, we need a reasonable balance between our financial capabilities and the need for economic development,” Medvedev said.

The Prime Minister added that after today’s meeting will be held at least one meeting to discuss the proposed draft anti-crisis plan to State Duma deputies and Federation Council members.

In addition, according to the head of the Cabinet, it is planned to separate the discussion of the project today with the governors of regions. After that, you may already have found a final decision on the adoption of the document, Medvedev concluded.