Excerpts from a briefing with deputy prime ministers.
Opening remarks by Mikhail
Meeting with deputy prime ministers on current issues
Good morning, colleagues.
Before we begin discussing the agenda, I would just like to say a few words about personnel changes. The President supported our proposals on several ministers’ resignations. I am referring to Minister of Transport Yevgeny Ditrikh, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev, and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin. Today, in accordance with the new federal constitutional law, I have submitted to the State Duma several candidacies to fill these Government positions.
The proposal is to appoint Alexander Novak as Deputy Prime Minister. I do not think he needs any special introduction. You all know him well, as many of you have been working side by side with him for rather a long time. Several other proposals have to do with appointments to the posts of federal ministers.
Nikolai Shulginov is nominated for Minister of Energy.
Irek Fayzullin is nominated for Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities.
Vitaly Savelyev is nominated for Minister of Transport.
Alexander Kozlov is nominated for Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.
Alexei Chekunkov is nominated for Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.
All of the nominees have extensive experience in effective problem-solving in various industries. They all have shown high performance results in their previous jobs. I hope that after the review, deputies will support these candidates.
I would also like to say thank you to Yevgeny Ditrikh, Dmitry Kobylkin and Vladimir Yakushev for their work and wish them every success in their new career moves.