Prime Minister of the Russian Federation: government meeting
On the agenda: expansion of the list of life-saving drugs; support for regional infrastructure projects on the development of electric transport; renovation of schools; support for the Russian Far East; modernization of post offices; and preparations for the UEFA Champions League
Opening remarks by Mikhail Mishustin:
Hello, dear colleagues.
Before starting to discuss the agenda for the government meeting, I would like to say a few words about the signed documents.
The first is to provide people with medicine. The President has repeatedly stressed the importance of this issue and spoke about it at the press conference yesterday.
The government is carefully monitoring the situation in the Russian pharmaceutical market, including the availability of drugs in hospitals and outpatient clinics. Of course, we take action against unjustified price increases and regulate the prices of vital and essential medicines.
Their list was extended to 808 articles for the following year. A list of such drugs includes not only new modern preparations, but also additional formularies for the five drugs added previously. People entitled to social benefits will continue to receive the drugs on this list free of charge, on prescription.
One of the main decisions is to include Risdiplam on the list. It is necessary for people with spinal muscular atrophy. Now this expensive treatment will become more affordable for them. Putting the drug on this list will make it possible to buy it with federal and regional budgets and provide it free to people.
Four other drugs have been added to the list of preparations necessary to treat expensive diseases included in the program of the seven nosologies. Treatment for these serious illnesses is expensive. From now on, the purchase of these and other listed drugs will be funded by the federal budget.
The second document concerns the many people using public transport. We discussed this issue in detail with representatives of large companies in Yekaterinburg. Recently, it has received a lot of attention at the federal level.
From last year, we have upgraded the municipal transport vehicles with the use of the leasing mechanism. We have allocated up to 4 billion rubles for these purposes for over a year.
Our work with the regions shows that they are very interested in modernizing their transport infrastructure and purchasing electric vehicles, including modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly electric buses and trams.
In order to help the regions of the Russian Federation to make progress in this area, the government amended the regulations on granting budget infrastructure loans and distinguished rolling stock and infrastructure modernization projects as separate group.
Concession financing will include allocations from the federal and regional budgets, as well as VEB.RF loans and investor assets.
From the beginning of 2022, up to 100 billion rubles will be spent for these purposes under this approach over the next five years. The Ministry of Transport will be responsible for selecting the relevant regional projects. At least ten Russian regions have expressed a desire to participate in the first stage.
Thus, we are going to buy more than 1,500 trams and more than 400 electric buses, to build or rebuild approximately 700 kilometers of tracks and more than 120 stations to recharge the electric buses. I am convinced that other Russian regions will be able to use this mechanism in the future.
I would like to ask the Ministry of Transport to organize this work in the most efficient way and, if necessary, to assist the regions in the drafting of requests for infrastructure loans etc.
Today, the government’s agenda also includes school renovation issues. We will begin the complete overhaul of school buildings on January 1. In accordance with the president’s instructions, we plan to renovate more than 7,000 buildings in five years.
The government has drafted a directive on the distribution of grants among 80 regions of the Russian Federation for this purpose over the next two years. We will allocate nearly 92 billion rubles to renovate more than 2,000 schools. It is planned not only to renovate the buildings, but also to provide them with all the necessary equipment and to create opportunities for practicing sports activities.
Of course, the situation differs from region to region. The list of priority projects is based on their requests. Grants from the federal budget will be disbursed through a co-financing mechanism. Some regions will only work on one or two schools, and others will have to renovate dozens of schools.
It is important that parent committees and parent-teacher associations are involved in the planning, and the wishes of the children should also be taken into account. During a meeting with members of the government, the president asked us to pay more attention to this process. Our children should learn in good modern schools. And the decisions adopted will help to create a comfortable and safe educational environment.
Now, regarding support for some regions, especially the regions of the Russian Far East. The president stressed that these territories are of particular importance for Russia because they have enormous potential. The government is also focusing on the Far Eastern Federal District; we make regular visits to follow in real time the improvement in the quality of life and the evolution of infrastructure, which facilitates the creation of new jobs. We will allocate an additional 5.5 billion rubles from the federal budget for these purposes. Six Far Eastern regions, including Yakutia, Chukotka, Transbaikal Territory, Kamchatka Territory, Primorye Territory and Khabarovsk Territory, will receive state support. We have drafted a directive which should help build new infrastructure and renovate existing infrastructure in priority development areas. These include new buildings in industrial parks and highways, connections to the power grid and gas system, maintenance of the plumbing system and many related issues. We hope that these measures will significantly boost the socio-economic development of the Far East.
The next item on the agenda concerns one of the largest Russian companies, Russian Post, a national provider of postal services. The company has branches in every corner of this country without exaggeration, from big cities to small towns and villages. They are especially needed in the most remote areas where there is no alternative to this state-run postal service provider. Private companies do not find it commercially possible to open branches there, but everywhere people still need to send and receive letters and parcels, not to mention the fact that many of them receive pensions. and other benefits by mail. This service must have good operating conditions. The president gave instructions to modernize postal facilities in all rural and remote areas over the next three years – each of them 25,160. About half of them are in very poor condition, with low levels of service. ‘wear greater than 50%. We will deal with this task in stages. Next year, the government will allocate 5 billion rubles to modernize nearly 1,200 branches of rural postal services, in order to rehabilitate them. Prefabricated buildings will be constructed, if necessary. Funding will also be spent on furniture and equipment. It is important that Russian Post branches become truly practical and modern, regardless of their location. I would like to ask the Ministry of Digital Development to take charge of monitoring this issue.
Following. In 2022, Russia will host an important event, the final match of the UEFA Champions League. Football fans from all over the world will flock to welcoming Saint Petersburg at the end of May. Preparations are in full swing. We have extensive experience in organizing the FIFA World Cup, the Confederations Cup and hosting UEFA European Football Championship matches. Today we will be discussing the legislative changes that are needed to make this upcoming event a successful one. It was proposed to introduce rules similar to those in force at previous sporting events. The rules will be in effect until the end of 2022. Football fans will be able to enter Russia visa-free by presenting a Fan ID. The same document will allow them to use public transport free of charge. This practice has proven to be useful during the championships that we have organized before.
As before, it is important to avoid unreasonable increases in hotel prices. We will publish a corresponding regulation. Advertising at UEFA events will also be regulated. Of course, security measures will be tightened. We must do everything possible to ensure that even during the pandemic visitors can enjoy comfortable stadium tours and that the health risks are low. Russia will not only fulfill its obligations to UEFA, but will make the championship final a spectacular and memorable event for football fans from all countries.