The YABLOKO party forwarded to the Russian
Government its proposals and initiatives via the Strategic
Initiatives Agency. The Strategic Initiatives Agency was created
by the Russian Government in May 2011. It is targeted at support
of socially important projects and initiatives.
The proposals are connected with the new strategy of Russian
economic polices, local self-government reform and reduction
of tariffs in the housing and utilities sector.
The drafts were submitted by Valery Goryachev, Executive
Secretary of YABLOKO’s Bureau.
“We are going to use all the possibilities for implementation
of our projects,” Goryachev said.
The web-site of the Agency holds votings on the projects.
YABLOKO’s proposals include:
- the Housing-Roads-Land strategy targeted at encouragement
of domestic demand through gratuitous distribution of land
for population under housing construction which will boost
demand on manufacturing of construction materials, products
of light industry, etc and create new jobs there; construction
of roads and infrastructure;
- development of local-self-government in Moscow and St.Petersbrg
which has been virtually missing in the cities; the project
should create interaction between population and local self-government
bodies (one of the stimuli will be vesting of proxies in the
housing and utilities sector to local self-governments);
- monitoring over housing and utilities services as present
tariffs are too high and economically unjustified, companies
of the sector falsify over exaggerate their expenditures against
real consumption, the project can help the authorities to
monitor the expenditures via cooperation with public organisations
and owners of flats;
- transparency of natural monopolies as unjustified growth
of their tariffs creates excess burden on industry and also
leads to boost of prices in the housing and utilities sector
resulting in great social discontent; a federal law on transparency
of natural monopolies proposed by YABLOKO should ensure state
control over natural monopolies.
and Utilities Sector Reform