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MOSCOW, July 6 (Itar-Tass) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has held a number of meetings on the planning of the federal budget for 2012 and for the basic period of 2013/2014, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

“A meeting has been held on the redistribution of expenditure obligations between the federal authorities and the constituent territories,” he said.

Participants in the meeting also discussed a reverse redistribution of expenditures from the constituent territories to the federal center.

In part, one of the issues on the agenda was a transition of spending for agencies of the Interior to the federal center, Peskov said.

As of 2012, the Public Security Police will be financed from the federal budget only. This was stipulated in a decree issued by President Dmitry Medvedev.

The amount of monies to be transferred to the federal budget will stand at roughly 200 billion rubles /USD 1=RUB 28.3/, which means the constituent territories will get a spare reserves of roughly the same size.

The Russian government is considering, among other things, a partial exchange of mandates between the regional authorities and the federal center.

“Also, a meeting was held in the course of which focus was given to the draft budgets of state non-budgetary funds for the period of up to 2014,” Peskov said.

One of the meetings highlighted the draft budgets of the Pension Fund and the Fund for Mandatory Medical Assurance.

Federal ministers and heads of relevant departments took part in the conference.

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