The law on development of the Arctic will be sent to the government in summer
8:57 6 февраля 2018
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It is planned to bring in the draft law on development of the Russian Arctic zone and creation of supporting areas on the territory of the Russian Far North to the government of the Russian Federation this June. The new Cabinet of Ministers, which will be formed after the presidential election, will consider the draft law. This information was given by the deputy chairperson of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Olga Yepifanova to TASS.
According to the instruction of the speaker of the Lower Chamber of the Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin, the expert council on legislative support of development of districts in the Far North, the Far East, the Arctic and territories equated to them was created in the State Duma of the Russian Federation. The council started its work on the 9th of October. Representatives of regions, the federal executive power, expert and scientific communities, who discuss basic problems of the territories, are invited for work to the expert council.
As Olga Yepifanova notes, for active development of the Far North it needs to take a row of governmental decisions. It needs to create a special body, which will be busy with the North, and to create the strategy on development of the North.
In August of 2017 the government approved the new edition of the state program “Socioeconomic development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation”. The total planned amount of financing of the program activities at the expenses of the federal budget makes more than 190 milliard rubles. The funds will be allocated to three key directions: development of supporting territories, the Northern Sea Route and navigation in the Arctic and also creation of new equipment and technologies.
The Russian part of the Arctic includes Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions, Komi and Yakutia, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Chukotka, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, lands and islands situated in the Arctic Ocean, some Uluses (districts) in Yakutia. Territories of 4 countries have frontiers with the Russian Arctic zone: the USA, Canada, Norway and Denmark, which owns Greenland.