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Putin to submit message on budget policy in 2014-2016

June 13, 2013, 0:50 UTC+3

He supposed that based on the message’s text “we can make corrections in the ministries’ plans, which are planning to be finalised shortly”

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MOSCOW, June 13 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin will submit a message on the budget policy in 2014-2016 on Thursday to determine the key goals, the Kremlin press service reports.

The meeting will involve the Russian prime minister, the speakers of both houses of the Federal Assembly, the vice-prime ministers and federal ministers, the chairperson of the Bank of Russia and the head of the Audit Chamber.

Vice-Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on June 12 that special attention would be paid to the implementation of the “May decrees”. He said the message was being prepared by the Presidential Expert Department. “I’m sure that special attention will be riveted to the implementation of the president’s decrees - from the point of view of the budget and tax policy,” Dvorkovich told a press conference in Paris.

He supposed that based on the message’s text “we can make corrections in the ministries’ plans, which are planning to be finalised shortly”.

The annual budget message has been presented since 2008. In the 2012 budget message Putin called for introducing restrictions on officials’ accounts in foreign banks and instructed the government to create a system to pull the economy out of a recession. The president called for investing 100 billion roubles in Russian securities in 2013 and implementing decisions on luxury tax in the first half of 2013, working out mechanisms to reduce inflation and introduce competitive bank rates. Putin stressed the need to rid of prosecutorial jurisdiction towards business and agreed to return to the mixed system in the State Duma elections - by party lists and by single-seat constituencies in order to make the Russian political system more open, fair and competitive and respond to the society’s request to involve new leaders in politics, power.

In addition, the president proposed to make up rules on conscientious political competition in order to rule out any separatism in the country’s political life and the interference into internal political processes. Putin also spoke about the migration policy. He said foreigners should be banned to enter Russia by national passports “not later than in 2015” because when foreigners enter Russian by national passports “it is practically impossible to ensure effective migration control”.

The president’s budget message will be taken as a basis while preparing a draft budget.

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