On January 30, 2020, a meeting of the Presidential Council for Local Self-Government Development was held in Krasnogorsk. At the meeting led by Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, the role of local government in the implementation of national projects was discussed. Furthermore, the participants discussed the best practices in the field of municipal administration, inter-municipal and international cooperation.
Ilsur Metshin, President of UCLG-Eurasia, Mayor of Kazan, made a report on the urgent problems faced by municipalities. Mayor Metshin highlighted an increase in the powers of local self-government, despite the fact that funding remained the same. As a reminder, Ilsur Metshin joined the Presidium of the Presidential Council for the Local Self-Government Development last August.
During the meeting, Vladimir Putin noted that it is necessary to significantly improve the coordination of everything that concerns local self-government at the national level. In this regard, President instructed to start drafting new basic principles of state policy on local self-government development through to 2030. First of all, he emphasized that it is necessary to strengthen financial issues of municipal structures.
President Putin drew attention to the fact that direct communication mechanisms between authorities and citizens have already been built in many regions, for instance in Tatarstan. These mechanisms ‘make it possible to quickly respond to everyday problems of citizens, respond to their initiatives, appeals, and therefore more efficiently and quickly solve the problems that people face in everyday life’, Vladimir Putin said.
Source: The Municipality of the City of Kazan, Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation