Agenda: temporary restrictions on the export of nitrogenous and nitrogen-based fertilisers, support for municipal cultural institutions and expanding the range of e-government services.
Mikhail Mishustin’s opening remarks:
As many analysts have mentioned at international venues, the increase in natural gas prices has caused negative consequences in world markets, which may also affect Russia. To avoid this, the Government has adopted a number of measures under the President’s instructions. We discussed some of them earlier. Today, we will review one more.
Gas prices are an important part of the production of mineral nitrogenous fertiliser. Increases inevitably make the latter more expensive, and related companies abroad are already closing down. To prevent a shortage in our domestic market, and hence an increase in food prices, the Government is temporarily – for half year – restricting the export of nitrogenous and compound nitrogen-based fertilisers on the President’s instructions. The limit for nitrogenous fertilisers will be no more than 5.9 million tonnes, and for compound fertiliser, no more than 5.35 million tonnes.
To do this, the Government must adopt a resolution and adjust customs procedures accordingly.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade will oversee the distribution of fertiliser volumes between exporters. It is necessary to conduct this work in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture. Government officials have discussed the relevant decisions with businesses and informed the President about them.
One more important, unrelated issue. In his Address to the Federal Assembly, the President emphasised the need to support museums in rural areas and small historical towns.
In the next three years, the Government will allocate 2.5 billion roubles for the reconstruction and major repair of municipal museums. This measure will allow us to upgrade as many as a hundred museums.
The rules for distributing subsidies for the development of cultural and leisure centres have been endorsed. This is very important because today many museums, houses of culture and libraries are in a poor shape. They have not been maintained, not to mention received the proper equipment, for a long time. This problem has become even more urgent since the Pushkin Card programme started.
Locals, especially young people, should have interesting and diverse leisure opportunities. Museums in small towns and rural areas describe unique local history, and they should promote it, in part, with visiting tourists.
One more thing. The Government continues to expand the list of services that people can receive in the e-format. This format simplifies and expedites many formal procedures considerably, including requests of various documents. It also rids people of the need to visit many offices and departments, which is particularly important in the current difficult epidemiological situation.
Now any citizen can go to the Public Services Portal and apply for tax registration or receive an e-notification on an assigned taxpayer ID number. Today, we will make the relevant amendments to the Tax Code.
This decision will be very helpful for foreigners who want to work in Russia. Even before arriving in our country, they can contact their employer and process the required documents in advance, including tax registration.