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Nikolai Patrushev: heads of regions should take active part in performance of the presidential order on preparation for the 100th anniversary of Karelia

Nikolai Patrushev chairs the meeting

Nikolai Patrushev chairs the meeting

Implementation of plans and tasks on to a basic change of a situation in development of Karelia set within the scope of preparation for the 100th anniversary of the republic is not possible without active position of institutions of local government in every region and every town. The question of how to involve municipalities in the teamwork with regional and federal authorities organized on the eve of the centenary of Karelia's statehood was discussed at the special meeting in Petrozavodsk on November, 6.

The panel

The panel

The meting was chaired by Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Chairman of the State Commission for preparation for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia. Vladimir Bulavin, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Northwestern Federal District, members of the State Commission, Heads of the most of federal ministries, representatives of the government of Karelia and Legislative Assembly of the republic, Representative of the Republic of Karelia to the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly Sergey Katanandov, heads and chiefs of executive offices of all towns and regions of the republic have taken part in the meeting.

Heads of regions

Heads of regions

- Improvement of the living standards of the people living in Karelia is impossible without escalating economic potential of each municipal formation. Heads of regions should take active part in implementation of the presidential order on preparation for the 100th anniversary of Karelia, - Nikolai Patrushev said in his opening remarks. - The result of our teamwork should become real improvement of social and economic situation, improvement of living standards of citizens in all corners of the republic.

Vladimir Bulavin

Vladimir Bulavin

Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen has told at meeting about today's difficult position faced by many regions of Karelia, and work of the Government of the republic focused on development of municipalities. Thus, 12 of 16 regions are subsidized and receive financial help from the budget of Karelia. 10 single-industry towns of Karelia face difficulties because of problems of backbone enterprises, these issues are also controlled constantly by the executive authority.

The order of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin about celebrating the 100 anniversary of Karelia's statehood, establishing of the commanding State Commission for preparation for the anniversary, in Alexander Khudilainen's opinion, grant the republic a real chance to change the situation for better.

Alexander Khudilainen

Alexander Khudilainen

- There's a long overdue necessity in the republic today and there is an opportunity to generate a full-scale overall development plan, to create conditions for mobilization of investments on modernization and development of economy and social sphere of Karelia in the course of its implementation. Each region has its advantages, and we should not miss them, - Head of Karelia has told.

Key projects which implementation may lead to accelerated development of municipalities were presented at meeting by heads of regions and administrations.

Conference with heads of towns and regions

Conference with heads of towns and regions

People living in Ladoga Lakeside of Karelia entertain great expectations of overall gas distribution network development of four southern regions of the republic. Head of Administration of Pitkäranta region Olga Starikova spoke about it. The program of Gazprom will enable uninterrupted supplies of natural gas to 75 settlements, 63 new boiler-houses will be constructed within the scope of the accompanying program of heat supply modernization.

- Gas distribution network development is a project the most expected, the most important for the society and business. It will bring qualitatively changes to life of the population, will improve corporate economics and investment prospects of Karelia as a whole, - Olga Starikova has told having offered members of the State Commission to render support to this important program.

Olga Starikova

Olga Starikova

Besides development of the economy for Karelia it is very important to preserve the unique nature of the republic. Many heads of regions spoke about it. In particular, Olga Starikova asked the State Commission to promote adoption of the draft federal law on protection of lakes Ladoga and Onega developed in the republic. In reply to this proposal Nikolai Patrushev has told that problems of preservation of the two unique lakes of Karelia will be considered at of the session of the Security Council of Russia.

Valentina Bulavtseva's report

Valentina Bulavtseva's report

In the opinion of Valentina Bulavtseva, Head of the Administration of Kalevala region, national regions have a real opportunity to act as centers of development of modern Karelian culture, and, thus, to attract the interest of tourists and additional income to their budgets. Maintenance of transport availability of original Karelian villages, construction and reconstruction of highways, building of additional border-crossing stations will accelerate this work considerably. In case of implementation of such projects Kalevala region could be a transit region for tourist streams between Russia and Scandinavian countries.

Sergei Tyukov

Sergei Tyukov

Head of Segezha region Sergey Tyukov has told at the meeting about ways of overcoming problems of industrial single-industry towns. The key problem in Segezha, Kondopoga, the settlement of Nadvoitsy and other similar settlements is attraction of investors for development of new productions alongside with modernization of existing plants and factories. Use of mechanisms stipulated by the federal law on zones of territorial development in the Russian Federation can help with it. Sergey Tyukov has called members of the State Commission to promote application of new forms of the state support of economy in territory of Karelia.

Galina Shirshina

Galina Shirshina

The main image of the 100th anniversary of Karelia in 2020 will be the capital of the republic. About problems to be solved in Petrozavodsk first of all was reported at the meeting by Galina Shirshina, Head of the city district. As she said, the main issue of concern for many townspeople is construction of the new overpass through the railway in Gogol street. It is called to connect the center of Petrozavodsk to residential districts of Drevlyanka and Perevalka. Among the other important matters Galina Shirshina has mentioned maintenance of availability of medical services for the townspeople, construction of the bridge in the district of Solomennoye, abolition of the admission line in kindergartens, construction of the new railway station.

Sergei Donskoi

Sergei Donskoi

- There's no doubt that participation of Petrozavodsk in implementation of the project of preparation for the 100th anniversary of the republic will help to change the city. We are ready to be responsible for each copeck assigned within the federal program and to bear the responsibility to spend all the funds on the assigned purposes, - mayor of Petrozavodsk has told.

Discussing solution of problems of the city, Nikolai Patrushev has mentioned that the administration of Petrozavodsk should do its best for beautification of the capital of Karelia.

Nikolai Tikhonov

Nikolai Tikhonov

It is necessary to add, that taking advantage of the presence of heads of federal ministries at the meeting one of the city's problems was solved on-the-scene. Thus, Deputy Minister of Sports of Russia Nikolay Novikov has informed that by the end of November Petrozavodsk will receive federal funds necessary to complete construction of the sports complex in Petrozavodsk, including a skating rink with artificial ice.

Prospects of development of central and northern regions of Karelia were discussed at the meeting in detail. In the opinion of Head of Medvezhiegorsk region Nikolay Tikhonov, development of Pudozh deposit of titanium magnetite ores may become a locomotive of industrial development of the republic.

Yuri Razumeichik

Yuri Razumeichik

Serious assistance in reconstruction of road infrastructure of Kem and Belomorsk regions would be rendered if they get re-included in the project of prepared federal target program of development of Solovetsky archipelago. Yuri Razumeichik, Head of the Admoinistration of Kem region, spoke about it.

After a series of presentations of regions of Karelia federal ministers at the meeting in Petrozavodsk have stated their offers on implementation of projects important for the republic. In particular, Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, has offered Karelia to join development of the project of the federal target program of accumulated pollution clean-up.

Nikolai Nikiforov

Nikolai Nikiforov

Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Communications and Mass Media of Russia, has told that the republic will be a priority region at implementation of the program of provision of settlements with more than 500 residents with high-speed kinds of communication. Besides, it is planned to establish 9 additional masts of cellular operators in the republic which will allow to provide mobile communication along the federal highway Kola.

Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Nikolai Asaul has told that decisions to transfer the road from Medvezhiegorsk to Vologda and the approach to the Petrozavodsk airport of the republic to the federal ownership were made in the ministry. "It will lessen the load on the Road Fund of Karelia by 7 billion roubles before celebrating the 100 anniversary of the republic, and to assign these means to repair of regional and municipal roads," - representative of the Ministry of Transport emphasized.

Grigori Sarishvili

Grigori Sarishvili

Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Grigory Sarishvili has told that Karelia has got a very high potential for tourism development and has supported Alexander Khudilainen's decision to establish the State Commettee for Tourism in the republic. According to Grigory Sarishvili, participation of Karelia in the federal target program on development of entrance tourism will allow to attract significant funds in the region to build tourist infrastructure.

In the conference room

In the conference room

On results of the meeting Nikolai Patrushev has suggested heads of local self-governments to establish municipal commissions on preparation for the 100th anniversary of the republic in every town and every region which will take care of development of plans of anniversary activities and projects. They should include measures of solution of the basic social and economic problems of regions and correspond to plans of activities of the federal and regional level. All the offers made at the meeting will be generalized, analysed and considered during the work of the State Commission.

- The work to be performed is large-scale. Therefore, we'll achieve the result only if we cooperate, - Nikolai Patrushev addressed to participants of the State Commission and heads of regions of Karelia in conclusion of the meeting in Petrozavodsk.

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