Vladimir Putin: “Kazan has transformed significantly in recent years”
Today, the common goal is to ensure the efficiency of
local self-government and remove gaps and lack of coordination between the
regions and municipalities. This was stated today by Russian President Vladimir
Putin at a meeting of the Council for the local self-government development in
Krasnogorsk, Moscow region. The meeting was attended by heads of ministries,
regions and cities, including the mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin.
When opening the meeting, Vladimir Putin noted that
level of public government is the closest to the people, and, thus, has a lot
“20 targets and 10 bullets, not
everyone is able to hit 2 targets with one shot”
The mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin touched upon a
topical matter in the field of municipal management in his speech. As a
Chairman of the Association of cities of the Volga region, he appealed to the
President of Russia to provide support in solving the problem of wear and tear
of utility networks. “Unfortunately, the Soviet safety margin for water utilities,
heating networks, and main heating pipelines is running out. Investment rates
and extra charges do not allow for large – scale work, we are locked in terms
of capacity and financing”, – the Kazan
The mayor of the capital of Tatarstan drew attention
to the increase in the authorities of local self-government, while the funding
remained the same. “In 2005, the 131st law on local self-government was endorsed. It
was balanced in terms of authorities, there were 27 of them, and it clearly
provided an instrument of financing. But in 15 years, the number of authorities
has increased to 43. And an additional 245 articles. But the funding remains
the same”, – Ilsur Metshin said.
speech, I.Metshin said that at the end of last year, the elections for the President
of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) were
held in South Africa. For the first time in the history of the organization,
which includes 323 thousand municipalities and cities, it was headed by the
Russian city – Kazan.
“We have a
proposal to create an international University of municipal and regional
development to collect the latest technologies, using the new platform”, – I.Metshin
will be the groundwork of all transformations”
In conclusion, I.Metshin thanked the President of
Russia for the infrastructure changes that have taken place in Kazan. The mayor
of the capital of Tatarstan emphasized that the President’s decision taken in
2007 for reform the housing and utilities sector played an important role. “I
was a young mayor at that time, and we had 1.5 thousand elevators in the city
out of 9 thousand that were supposed to get out of order within the next two
years. Neither the region nor the city had money for repairs. You were told
that this is not your level of authorities, it is the municipal level of
responsibility. But you said then that “people are ours”, - I.Metshin recalled.
“Presently, only in Kazan, 70% of the requested housing has been completely
repaired. This is a different living standard, different people, different
mood. We are sure that both national projects and topics of the Address to the
Federal Assembly will find their solution and municipalities will be the
groundwork of all transformations,” the mayor of the capital of Tatarstan
concluded his speech.
“Kazan has transformed significantly in recent years.
Thanks to the joint efforts of the Republic and its residents, your efforts and
the federal support”, – V.Putin concluded.
“It is important
to ensure the unity of all levels of government”
At the meeting, the President of Russia drew attention
to the need to improve coordination at the federal level of everything that
concerns local self-government. In this context, Vladimir Putin instructed to
start drafting new basic principles of national policy on local self-government
development through to 2030.
"Local self-government bodies are not part of the
government system.The fact that they act independently within their authority does
not mean that Russia’s single political, economic, cultural, or transport
space is fragmented”, – V.Putin emphasized. In his opinion, it is
important to ensure the unity of all levels of government.
practices need to be replicated throughout the country”
“We will strictly follow
them and provide a proper environment for each municipality
in Russia, so that it can work efficiently for the benefit
of the people and actively participate in achieving
the national development goals as a dependable, rather than some
kind of weak or inert, link in the government”, – V.Putin assured and noted that
the absolute majority of national projects are focused on local matters.
The President of the Russian Federation drew attention
to the fact that the mechanisms of direct communication between the authorities
and the people have already been created in many regions. The head of state named
Tatarstan as an example. “These positive practices need to be replicated throughout
the country.Should any of them lack budget funds of their own, such
initiatives must be supported at other levels”, – the Russian President emphasized.