The President was speaking at the first meeting of the State Duma of the seventh convocation
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The new composition of the State Duma started its work. The first meeting of the lower house of Parliament called for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The head of state asked the Parliament to ensure legislative conditions for the development of the Russian economy and improve the quality of life of citizens of Russia.
In the plenary hall President Vladimir Putin came together with the speaker of the Duma of the previous convocation Sergey Naryshkin. The honour to open the first session of the State Duma of the seventh convocation had the oldest Deputy, member of the Communist party Zhores Alferov. After the national anthem to the podium came the President.
— Today in this hall representatives of all 85 regions of the Russian Federation. Among them — deputies of the Crimea and Sevastopol, — said Vladimir Putin. Citizens have entrusted you with the high title of Deputy. The electoral campaign was conducted openly, in a fair and competitive fight. The results are based on the will and choice of the Russian companies. See the unconditional legitimacy of the Parliament the key to the power and authority of the legislature.
The head of state was asked to immediately start working on the laws that are meant to improve the lives of Russians, to remove barriers to the development of the economy. The President believes that MPs should actively cooperate with public organizations and regional parliaments use the practice of zero readings, but also consider the views of parties that did not pass in the Duma.
— Emphasize that work, effective laws are not only the result of a flawless legal technique, which is certainly very important, but above all, adopted by Parliament decision should be based on civil Concord, the State Duma is intended to become a permanent platform for a broad public and political dialogue, — said Vladimir Putin. The State Duma will be made to the draft laws on support of entrepreneurship and private initiative. In particular we are talking about the strengthening of the legal protection of business against pressure from the unscrupulous — are, unfortunately, still there — law enforcement officers.
The President drew attention of the MPs to the necessity of solving problems in the field of education, health, housing policy, ecology, that is, in those areas which directly affect people’s well-being, social, demographic development.
— To concentrate efforts and resources on solving the most pressing, systemic problems in the economy and the social sphere, we are launching priority projects. Asked to ensure their operational legal support, as well as when you work over the Federal budget to provide for the financing of priority projects in full volume, — said the President.
According to Vladimir Putin, the need to strengthen the security and defense capability of the country, to defend its position on the world stage.
— I hope that Parliament, all the factions will have the necessary political and legislative support, he stressed.
The head of state reminded that the members of Parliament are responsible for the whole country.
— I appeal to the representatives of all factions. The current political controversy has always been, is and always will be. This, indeed, is life, but the status of people’s representative, concern about the authority of Parliament, the responsibility for the fate of the country and its citizens above any many and personal, and even party ambition — said the President. — That acted as the deputies of the State Duma of the sixth convocation, showing the unity in making the most fundamental and, without exaggeration, crucial for Russia decisions. Over the years of the Russian parliamentarism made a big step in his development, become more professional and more responsible, able to ensure open and honest dialogue of various political forces.
Vladimir Putin also urged members to actively engage in diplomatic work and to establish contacts with parliamentarians of other countries.
More than a hundred years ago, addressing to deputies of the State Duma, Peter Stolypin said, “We all must unite, to harmonize their efforts, their obligations and rights to maintain the historical, the Supreme law of Russia — to be strong.” When we remember such words or when formulating them again, we always assume that any people and any country have the same right to be strong. And again. We never invested in this concept — to be strong — some great notes. We never, never impose and do not intend to impose. The power of Russia inside ourselves, it’s inside our nation, our people, our traditions and our culture, our economy, our vast territory and natural resources, in the defense, of course. But most importantly — our strength is definitely in the unity of our people, — said the deputies Vladimir Putin.
The President wished the deputies of the State Duma of the seventh convocation, the new leadership of the Parliament success in serving the people of Russia.
Conference room Vladimir Putin left with the former Chairman of the state Duma. The head of state Sergei Naryshkin went to the headquarters of the foreign intelligence Service to officially present the team’s new Director October 5, Sergey Naryshkin began to work.
Inspiration for voters
After the speech of President Vladimir Putin’s greetings and parting words were made by senior members of Duma factions. Academician Zhores Alferov (Communist party) said that the deputies “are complex tasks of economic and social revival of Russia in the conditions of an open anti-Russian policy of some leading countries.”
According to him, the budget for civil science must once again stand in a separate line and, despite the crisis, have financing about 4% of GDP.
The oldest Deputy from “Fair Russia” Galina Khovanskaya have used the parliamentary podium to address organizational issues. She turned to the CPRF and the LDPR with a proposal to submit to the Committee on housing, which she led, and faction.
– Vladimir Volfovich, your representative in our Committee there, she turned Khovanskaya to sitting right at the podium Zhirinovsky. – To delegate.
– Send – immediately responded the leader of the liberal democratic party.
The Communists also promised to send his man.
– Always be so, – smiled Khovanskaya.
The head of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky came to the podium with the words that he was “close to the presidency” and he loves the podium.
– Looking at you the whole country, – he has addressed to colleagues. – If you have a smile on his face, inspiration, kind eyes, it will be good to affect all of our citizens. But when they see an angry, sullen faces, it will spoil their mood. I want you to inspire our voters.
Electing a temporary Committee on rules and organization of work of the state Duma, the provisional Secretariat and the counting Commission, the deputies went into the break in high spirits. Former Russia coach Valery Gazzaev (“Fair Russia”) has admitted that in the Duma he is unusual, and promised to build a strong football team of young deputies. Deputies from the liberal democratic party taking photos in the hallway opposite the inscription “the State Duma”. Vladimir Zhirinovsky and then patronize – took a monopod (selfie stick) and took pictures with his fellow party members.
Duma – a place for discussion
The key issue of the meeting was election of the speaker of the state Duma. For this post fought two candidates from the faction of United Russia Vyacheslav Volodin, the last few years was the first Deputy head of the presidential administration, the Communists — the Deputy Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee Dmitri Novikov. The unusual election of the Chairman of the lower house of the Parliament of this convocation was the fact that nominate speakers Volodin of United Russia recommended that President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
Representing to deputies the candidacy of Vyacheslav Volodin, head of fraction “United Russia” Vladimir Vasilyev was reminded of his parliamentary past policies worked in the third-fifth convocations of the Duma.
– On a post of the Chairman of the state Duma this experience, we believe, will be very useful, – said Vasilyev.
He drew his colleagues ‘ attention to the fact that Vyacheslav Volodin, “working in the presidential administration, did much to make the political system became more competitive, transparent, and the elections are legitimate.” The head of the Duma United Russia, noted his “extensive experience interacting with political parties”. Vyacheslav Volodin, he added, “cooperated actively with the regions, knows their potential and problems”.
On the parliamentary rostrum Vyacheslav Volodin came out to the applause of the audience. He, like Vladimir Putin, began his speech by saying that the state Duma should be a platform for dialogue.
– We must improve the quality of adopted laws. This requires that all viewpoints were considered, the different proposed solutions examined, arguments heard. We need to create such conditions for work in the state Duma, which would allow all the factions, all the deputies actively participate in discussions, influence decision making, he said.
Vyacheslav Volodin said that “the majority does not obviate the need to explain and justify its position.” In his opinion, “a constitutional majority is even more obliged to prove his innocence publicly and in an open discussion”. He said about the need to consider the views of those voters who voted for parties that fail after the elections to the lower house of Parliament, as well as those citizens who came to polling stations on 18 September.
When I turn to questions of the candidate on a post of the Chairman, the leader of “Fair Russia” Sergei Mironov worried about what the style of work speaker: democratic or such, “which can be described as “the state Duma — not a place for discussion”.
– I believe that we decisions need to be made open a dialogue with each other, – said Vyacheslav Volodin. The job of the Chairman of the state Duma is to provide equal opportunities for all, and this means that the Council must necessarily be a place for discussion and a place for dialogue, if you like, the place where various social groups and professional communities to discuss the issues that are relevant to the adoption of legislative initiatives.
Among priorities of work of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin called the socio-economic agenda (“the main thing in our work – caring for our citizens”), the main priorities outlined in the may decrees of the Russian President of 2012. According to him, qualitative legislative support of further implementation of the may decrees remains a key priority in the work of the lower house of Parliament. Another priority are the issues of national security and international policy. In his opinion, in the past sixth convocation of the state Duma in these matters, “the consolidation of all political forces, regardless of their political affiliation,” and the need to ensure continuity in this part.
In turn, Vladimir Zhirinovsky asked Vyacheslav Volodin, as it relates to the possibility of allowing factions to carry out “some minimal rotation” of deputies for convocation. He confirmed that sometimes the deputies “lack discipline, someone stops working”, but the issue with the rotation proposed to discuss “in the plane of legal regulation.” He recalled that the Russian legislation does not provide for the introduction of the imperative mandate.
Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov proposed on a post of the speaker of the state Duma Dmitry Novikov.
The vast majority of 404 deputies voted for the appointment of Vyacheslav Volodin to the post of Chairman of the state Duma of Dmitry Novikov — 40.
Legislative work the government will be responsible
The interaction of the seventh convocation of the state Duma with the government of the Russian Federation will become more instrumental, the head of the Agency for political and economic communications Dmitry Orlov. The new speaker, he explains, has experience as the head of the government apparatus.
– Vyacheslav Volodin well informed about the mechanism for preparing projects in the government, – said the expert. This means that legislative work in the government and in the state Duma will become more responsible – will be less radical and inappropriate initiatives.
According to him, between Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Vyacheslav Volodin constructive interaction, including personal. However, this does not mean that United Russia will criticize certain Ministers.
The analyst Abbas Gallyamov thinks that with the arrival of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the style and format of its work may change. That the role of Parliament will increase and says the figure of the new Chairman, “the main policy led the Parliament”.
– The value of the Parliament needs to increase significantly, and that the government is interested not less than the opposition, – the expert believes.