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RF govt to draw up power industry modernisation plan

September 27, 2012, 9:58 UTC+3

Energy Minister Alexander Novak will deliver a report on the issue how to improve the reliability of power supply and at the same time restrict tariff growth

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MOSCOW, September 27 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian government will discuss it its Thursday meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the national electric power industry modernisation program up to 2020. Energy Minister Alexander Novak will deliver a report on the issue how to improve the reliability of power supply and at the same time restrict tariff growth.

The Ministry of Economic Development will put forward for discussion by the cabinet member of the law on strategic planning, which should be based on the experience of the world’s best practices. And at the suggestion of the Defence Ministry the ministers will consider amendments to the legislation, which should increase the prestige and attractiveness of military service for conscripts.

The RF government will also consider a number of amendments to the so-called “Olympic Law.” These changes will make it possible to fulfil obligations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) concerning the regulation of the sale of tickets to sports events and Olympic ceremonies and create mechanisms for the prevention of illegal sale.

The ministers will ratify the Social Security Treaty with the Czech Republic. “The pension expenses for persons who moved from Russia to the Czech Republic will be covered by compulsory pension insurance contributions and in 2013 will amount to 124.8 million roubles, in 2014 - 135.6 million roubles, in 2015 – 147.6 million roubles,” the government specified. In addition, the government members will submit to the president for signing an agreement with Tajikistan on the status and conditions of the deployment of the Russian military base in the country.

The RF government at its Thursday meeting will also increase the transport tax on powerful cars, motorcycles and boats. “It is proposed to increase the transport tax rate on cars with engine capacity of more than 410 hp, motorcycles and personal watercraft with engine capacity more than 150 hp, and boats and yachts with engine power over 300 hp,” the Finance Ministry explained. In total, according to the ministry’s calculations, this measure will bring additional revenues to the regional budgets worth about 2 billion roubles.

The meeting agenda also includes some organisational issues. In particular, it is proposed to vest the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot) with the authority of concluding agreements on the creation of artificial land plots, and the Economic Development Ministry – with the right to appoint and dismiss the head of the Federal Cadastral Chamber of Rosreestr. It is also proposed to include in the governmental commission on citizens’ health a number of representatives of the federal bodies of executive authority, bodies of executive authority of the country’s regions, the Federal Assembly and non-governmental organisations.

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