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Crimea’s integration, ecology to dominate agenda of RPF forum in Yalta

October 25, 2016, 4:31 UTC+3 YALTA

Over 350 people will take part in the forum, including activists, federal and regional experts, as well as residents of Crimea and Sevastopol

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YALTA, October 25. /TASS/. Crimea’s integration and ecology on the peninsula will be on top of the agenda at the 3rd inter-regional forum of the All-Russia People’s Front (RPF) "Forum of Actions. Crimea" that opens in Yalta on Tuesday.

Key topics

"Crimea and Sevastopol have been part of our country for over two years already. A lot has been done, but there is still so much to do. That’s why we are gathering in Yalta to talk about the results of the integration of Crimea and Sevastopol intro Russia, as well as reveal the points of contention, main problems that local residents face," co-chair of the RPF central headquarters, State Duma member Olga Timofeyeva told TASS.

"Over the course of the discussion, we want to find a solution to many acute problems, as well as determine development priorities for the short term," Timofeyeva said.

At the same time, Vladimir Gutenev, State Duma member and coordinator at the RPF Center for Social Monitoring on problems of ecology and forestry, noted that pollution is a pressing problem for Crimea, along with the issue of "destruction of unique natural landscapes."

"Another important problem is construction and just barbaric destruction of natural reserves," he added.

Program

The forum in Yalta will continue for two days. The first day will focus on three topics: "Education and culture as basis of national identity," "Quality of everyday life," and "Honest and efficient economy."

Organizers said that before the forum, activists from regional departments in Crimea and Sevastopol "found out the most pressing issues that concern ordinary people." Thus, the work of three thematic sessions will focus on "results of processing citizens’ requests, polls, expert meetings and monitoring that deal with the May decrees."

The second day will see trainings "For honest procurement," "For rights of loan takers," "People’s expertise" and of the Center for Social Monitoring on problems of ecology and forestry. The plenary session will also be held on Wednesday to discuss the results of the forum.

Participants

RPF said that over 350 people will take part in the forum, including activists, federal and regional experts, as well as residents of Crimea and Sevastopol.

The RPF press service noted that representatives of executive authorities were invited to the forum as well.

Third session

Alexander Brechalov, co-chair of the RPF central headquarters, noted that the format of inter-regional forums is very effective. "The two previous ‘forums of action’ in Stavropol and Yoshkar-Ola showed that at such platforms, people discuss and look for ways to eliminate specific problems of every region that hamper the implementation of the May decrees and other presidential orders," Brechalov stressed.

The first RPF forum was held in Stavropol in January, the second - in Yoshkar-Ola in April.

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