The State Duma factions Yabloko and the Union of
the Right-Wing Forces (SPS) are going to “combine
their efforts when discussing and lobbying issues
with the government and the State Duma” during the
adoption of the federal budget-2001. This information
was provided by the First Deputy Head of the Yabloko
faction Sergei Ivanenko.
He noted that the deputies would consider at a meeting
Council of the SPS and Yabloko on October 17 the amendments
the second reading that were agreed upon by the two
factions and that
would develop a joint position here.
According to Ivanenko (in an interview on the “Ekho
October 17), the representatives of the SPS and Yabloko
introduced consultations [between the factions] and
are adopting a
position on many issues”; “today there have been no”
on changes to the budget.
Ivanenko also said that the Council of the faction
should discuss the
for definite military reforms, the switch to a contract-based
abolition of conscription as soon as possible”.
He also said that “we proposed the formation of a
educational development programme and consolidation
of the judicial
Ivanenko added that if the government responds to
the proposals of
and SPS “on including additional revenues in the budget
priorities”, this would “favourably influence the
adoption of the
in the Duma at the second reading.
“If the government refuses, the situation will be
“We think it is necessary to seriously change the
proportions in the
distribution of federal taxes and that most of the
revenues should be
to the territories, to restore the 50:50 concept,
and that on this basis
real priorities, in particular,in education and military
financed,” noted Ivanenko, as he explained the position
of the Yabloko
faction at the second reading of the budget.
Ivanenko also commented on the declaration of Deputy
Kudrin that the government was ready to increase budget
defence to 12.5 bln roubles in 2001. According to
Ivanenko, “the main
is to target this financing, rather than aim for a
the military budget”, “above all it should not be
pilfered. The military
budget should be clear, transparent and under control”.
“The main goal is to adopt a principal political
decision on allotting
additional revenues primarily to military reform,
switching to a
contract-based formation of the military forces and
conscription as soon as possible”, stressed Ivanenko.
Based on Interfax reports.
leader discusses with Prime Minister revenues in the
2001 federal budget
budget has the money to start tackling the main issues
in the country: military reform, a qualitative improvement
in education and judicial reform.
faction to take final decision on voting on the draft
budget on Friday
plans to submit own budget draft to the Finance Minister
Kudrin notes that the views of the government and
Yabloko coincide on many items of the draft budget
Yavlinsky: in certain circumstances the Yabloko faction
may support the draft budget for 2001 at its first
leadership of Yabloko is pleased that President had
paid attention to Grigory Yavlinsky’s budget proposals
Zadornov thinks that the rate of inflation stated
in the budget-2001 is understated