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Moscow, Brussels parliamentarians agree to exchange info by Internet

October 05, 2011, 13:35 UTC+3
Such relationship existed earlier, but usually it developed during annual meetings, the chairman of the Moscow City Duma said
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BRUSSELS, October 5 (Itar-Tass) — Parliamentarians of Moscow and Brussels agreed to exchange city laws and documents by Internet in order to study mutual experience, chairman of the Moscow City Duma Vladimir Platonov told Itar-Tass.

Platonov ended the three-day visit to Brussels on Wednesday.

Such relationship existed earlier, but usually it developed during annual meetings, the chairman of the Moscow City Duma said.

“We agreed to exchange city laws and documents by Internet in order to share information. We also agreed to hold teleconferences with the participation of our citizens,” he said.

For example, Platonov said, the Moscow authorities “studied Belgium’s taxi experience and take due account of Brussels’ experience by approving our law on the taxi and by ensuring order in this aspect”.

“In particular, the Belgian law proved that the state should create conditions for allowing people to have the necessary permit and the access, and to have the situation under control,” he stressed.

Platonov said although problems, that Moscow and Brussels faced, were very similar, the scale of these cities, and respectively their problems, differed many times. “The Belgians joked that in order to see the Belgian problem it was necessary to take the Russian problem and divide it into ten times,” he said.

During the meeting, the Moscow delegation met with president of the Brussels Regional Parliament Francoise Dupuis and Brussels parliamentarians for talks on maintaining cooperation between the city authorities and citizens, conducting local public polls, referendums and public debates, ensuring transparency of city transport and taxi service, organising parking lots, controlling animals management in the city and fighting noise.

Deputies of the Moscow City Duma and the Brussels Regional Parliament also discussed the care of monuments and facilities of cultural heritage.

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