Valentina Matviyenko: The basic law on development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation is necessary
16:05 16 апреля 2019
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The Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko held the visiting conference “On legislative initiatives aimed at advanced development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation” in the settlement Sabetta (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug).
According to her, today the Arctic is in the centre of attention of the world community. It was proved by the fifth International Arctic forum with participation of the President of Russia and the leaders of a row of countries of the Arctic region, as it is said to the news agency “Sever-Press” in the press service of the Federation Council.
“The Arctic should become the territory, where it is profitable to invest in. It is time to move on to the full system of preferences for everyone, who is ready to work in the Arctic zone. The President instructed to adopt the corresponding draft law in the autumn session. Also he set the task: in the Arctic to use instruments on support of investments that were tested in the Far Eastern regions”, the head of the Federation Council said.
Valentina Matviyenko proposed holding the parliamentary hearings in the Federation Council on development of the Arctic with involvement of interested representatives of federal and regional authorities, business and the expert community. Specific suggestions on improvement of legislation with the aim to create conditions for fulfillment of large-scale projects on development of the Arctic will be prepared on their results. These suggestions can also be used in elaboration of the Strategy of development of the Arctic till 2035, the draft of which is to be presented this year.
Valentina Matviyenko also noted the necessity to adopt the basic law on development of the Arctic zone.
“The destiny of this law is not easy, but I am sure that now, when the government has the specific agency responsible for fulfillment of state policy in the Arctic, this issue will finally be solved”, she said.
According to Valentina Matviyenko, creation of modern transport infrastructure plays the most important role for development of the Arctic. First of all, the talk is about implementation of potential of the Northern Sea Route.
Such projects as “Yamal LNG” that provide orders for domestic enterprises and create new workplaces give a powerful impulse to economy. The head of the Federation Council thanked the administration of NOVATEK for responsible work.
“The project has become an example of true mutually profitable public-private partnership. Indicators of the LNG production enterprise are already ahead of the declared project capacity, the port and the international airport operate, comfortable conditions for life of everyone, who works here, have been created. Of course, this is the result of coordinated work of the federal and regional authorities, NOVATEK and its foreign partners. I am sure that the new project, which is planned to be built – “Arctic LNG 2”, will be equally successful”, Valentina Matviyenko said.
According to her, such large projects become powerful drivers for the entire Russian economy. Development of the Arctic is a strategic task.
“We should work as one big effective team. And then the Russian Arctic will become a true territory of breakthrough”, Matviyenko underlined.
The chairmen of several committees of the Federation Council, the Minister for development of the Far East Alexander Kozlov, the governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Dmitry Artyukhov, the Chairman of the Board of NOVATEK Leonid Mikhelson spoke at the conference.
The participants of the meeting got acquainted with production objects of “Yamal LNG”, communicated with the management board and employees of the enterprise.
Here is the speech by Valentina Matviyenko at the visiting conference on legislative support for advanced development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation (http://council.gov.ru/events/news/103875/).