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Moscow Mayor Sobyanin supports YABLOKOs proposals

Press Release

May 30, 2012

Moscow Mayor Sobyanin partially supported the proposals made by YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin to delegate municipal assemblies the right to coordinate some issues of urban planning.

On April 22, Moscow hosted the Municipal Deputies Forum which supported Sergei Mitrokhins draft law on introducing amendments into the law "On the organization of local self-government in Moscow."

Speaking today at the Congress of the Moscow Municipalities Councils Sergei Sobyanin proposed to expand the powers of urban municipalities relating to construction of new facilities.

"I propose to grant the municipal assemblies the right to coordinate construction of facilities that have to serve the needs of the residents of specific areas," said the Mayor.

Sobyanin also clarified that the list of such facilities will include convenience stores, markets, points of public services, repair shops, pharmacies, childrens centres, sports facilities and other objects totaling 1.5 thousand square meters of space.

The list will also include garages, and facilities for religious purposes, regardless of the sizes of such buildings," he said.

However, Mitrokhins draft law envisaged greater rights for local self-government bodies in the field of urban policy, in particular, the draft enabled them to approve the General Plan of Moscow Development, the rules of land use and development projects in the residential areas, etc.

Infill construction normally implies construction of commercial housing rather than construction of social objects for the area, and the Mayor of Moscow is not willing to negotiate it with the municipalities, Mitrokhin said.

I am glad that Sobyanin responded to our initiative, which was supported by the Municipal Deputies Forum, however, I believe that this is not enough. The proxies of municipal assemblies must be raised at least to the level of proxies local self-governments of new Moscow territories are enjoying at present, Mitrokhin said.

See also:

Local Self-Governing

Regional and Municipal Elections, 2011-2012



Press Release

May 30, 2012

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