The meeting was held as part of preparations for the Government’s annual report to the State Duma.
Mikhail Mishustin’s opening remarks:
Mr Mironov, colleagues.
As per tradition, we are meeting with representatives of the parties ahead of the Government’s report to the State Duma. In his address to the Federal Assembly, the President stressed that the strategic task today is to bring the economy to new frontiers in the face of unprecedented sanctions and external pressure. This requires responsible and balanced decisions, including from the deputies. It is this approach to the adoption of laws that we see from A Just Russia party.
I would like to thank you for your constructive interaction at this difficult time, for your attention to the formation of a legal foundation for the integration of the four new regions into Russia. Together with the parliament, we will continue to make necessary decisions and regulations to ensure that the rights and guarantees of Russian citizens who live there are respected.
A Just Russia is known for its parliamentary initiatives, which are aimed primarily at protecting the interests of people facing difficulties in various areas such as housing and utilities, in particular. Your party focuses on this area. You have built cooperation with the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities, and with Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.
This is also a priority for the Government. We expect that A Just Russia deputies will take the projects that are currently being implemented in the industry under parliamentary control.
In particular, a programme to comprehensively upgrade the entire utilities infrastructure has been launched this year. We plan to upgrade about 100 facilities and about 12,000 km of utility networks under this programme. This would improve the quality of public services for about 3 million people.
Seventy projects under regional programmes have been adopted. The regions will be able to apply for subsidies to implement them and upgrade public utilities, making life more comfortable for more than 2 million people. It is particularly necessary to significantly improve the water distribution system. About 142 billion roubles will be allocated for the implementation of these programmes.
The funds are considerable, and they should be spent strictly for their intended purpose. I know that A Just Russia’s experts will be able to impartially assess how this work is progressing and whether additional assistance is needed.
Mr Mironov, when we met with you last year, we discussed the need to update the instrumentation base of scientific organisations. Moreover, you even left a letter on the equipment base related to the aircraft industry. The amount of funding in this area has been increased by more than 3.5 billion roubles this year, and I would like to speak with you about this today. Some 15.5 billion roubles have been provided for new equipment under the Science and Universities national project. This means that about 200 other organisations will receive funding and grants for these purposes.
Of course, conducting research with modern instruments is not only more efficient but also much more engaging, especially for the youth. And today, when we have to quickly resolve issues of strengthening both the technological and economic sovereignty of Russia, attracting young specialists to science is one of our key goals.
The government supports your legislative initiative aimed to simplify and systematise support measures for young scientists. We talked about this at a recent meeting; we have a lot of them. This includes presidential grants, awards in science and innovation, and the opportunity to receive a state housing certificate, which is also a very important measure for young scientists. They should be as tailored as possible with consideration for the needs of young people that are prepared to engage in scientific research. The bill passed the first reading, and it is important that it be adopted as soon as possible.
The A Just Russia party has many other initiatives.