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Meeting with Chairman of the Independent Trade Unions Federation Mikhail Shmakov

July 13, 2012

Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Shmakov discussed trade unions’ activities and support measures for different economic sectors in connection with Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation.

In his discussion with the Chairman of the Independent Trade Unions Federation, Mr Putin noted that trade unions should take part in designing support measures for the different economic sectors in connection with Russia’s accession to the WTO.

Mr Shmakov informed the President that a meeting of the Russian Tripartite Commission, which brings together representatives of state authorities, employers, and trade unions, proposed to make regular analyses at regional level of the effects of various processes after Russia ratifies the protocol on joining the WTO in order to take measures to minimise or prevent possible negative impact.

Vladimir Putin supported the initiative and noted that the different agencies should develop support measures for the various economic sectors at the first stage of Russia’s WTO accession.

Mr Shmakov also proposed getting trade union representatives and employers involved in the implementation and monitoring of the presidential executive orders on social policy. The President noted that he has established a commission specifically to monitor implementation of socioeconomic development policy. This commission is headed by the President himself, and Mr Putin stressed that the Independent Trade Unions Federation will also take part in its work.

July 13, 2012