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ST PETERSBURG, December 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The Council of Legislators of the Russian Federation noted the interest President Vladimir Putin shows in perfecting laws of Russian regions to draw investment and develop citizens’ initiative, Vyacheslav Makarov, the speaker of St Petersburg Legislative Assembly, said on Thursday after the meeting of the head of state with members of the Council in Moscow.
“The meeting discussed numerous problems in light of the President’s Address to the Federal Assembly. Concrete questions related to regions were raised, including redistribution of powers between regions and the federal authorities and budgetary problems,” the United Russia website quotes Makarov as saying.
The speaker of St Petersburg Legislative Assembly stressed that participants is the meeting were aware of the president’s interest in perfecting the normative legislative base and also in solving specific problems of people.
“Putin wants regional legislation to be in accord with federal legislation, to be attractive to investors and to encourage citizens’ initiative,” Makarov said.
The theme of decentralization and delegation of powers of the federal authorities to regions was expressed in Vladimir Putin’s annual Address.