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Meeting with Government members

September 9, 2020, Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region

Vladimir Putin held a meeting, via videoconference, with Government members on developing a product labelling system. Other important socioeconomic issues were also discussed.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, First Deputy Chief of Staff Sergei Kiriyenko, deputy prime ministers Viktoria Abramchenko, Tatyana Golikova, Alexei Overchuk, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of the Government Staff Dmitry Grigorenko, Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko, Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev, Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin, and President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin.

At the beginning of the meeting, Alexander Novak and Vladimir Yakushev reported on the preparations of energy facilities and housing and utility systems for the heating season.

Dmitry Chernyshenko spoke about the tourism industry, restoring and expanding domestic tourism and drafting a national tourism programme. In addition, at the request of the President, the Deputy Prime Minister spoke about the digital transition as a national goal, including the widespread digitalisation of federal and municipal services, the centralisation of information resources of various state bodies and the challenges of the widespread introduction of electronic signatures.

Maxim Reshetnikov reported on the law on a fast-track extrajudicial individual bankruptcy procedure that came into force on September 1 and noted that at this point the key goal is to inform socially vulnerable groups of citizens about how this mechanism works to make sure they can use the service.

Denis Manturov reported on the main agenda item, the product labelling system. This system, the Minister said, will increase market transparency. Today, mandatory labelling has been introduced for fur products, tobacco products, footwear and medicines. By the end of the year, this requirement will apply to photographic goods, tires and perfumes, and from January 2021 labelling will be mandatory for light industry and dairy products.

According to Mr Manturov, the Russian labelling system is unparalleled in the world in terms of coverage. From among the positions that have not yet become part of the labelling effort, the Minister considers it important to apply labelling in the alcohol market in order to protect Russian consumers, since this business is especially susceptible to counterfeit and fraud.

The Minister also noted the importance of creating a common supranational circuit for labelling goods within the EAEU. Last year, a corresponding agreement entered into force in the EAEU. Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are developing their own tracking systems with Russia’s support. In Kyrgyzstan, Russia is creating a digital platform using funds from its own budget. Work on forming a similar system is underway in Uzbekistan. In actuality, Russian IT technologies are being exported to the EAEU and the CIS countries.

September 9, 2020, Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region