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MOSCOW, July 27 (Itar-Tass) – New ecological standards should be introduced in Russia gradually so as to avoid the overburdening of businesses with obligations, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as he met with members of the expert council at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives /ASI/.
“It’s inadmissible to make mistakes during the introduction of new standards,” Putin said. “They should stimulate business towards the introduction of novel efficacious technologies but the rates /of their imposition/ must stand in line with the companies’ financial and investment capabilities so that business wouldn’t collapse.”
“I do hope you /members of the expert council/ will take an active part in the work of government institutions, too, so that we might get a supplementary expert assessment,” he said.
Putin said the new ecological standards are important on the environmental and, on top of that, on the economical plane, too.
“At a time when our partner foreign countries are developing new technologies and assimilating new standards, business is simply compelled to take over new manufacturing technologies, which eventually prove to be more competitive,” he said.
Putin said along with this that the deadlines for new ecological standards should be considered properly.
“It’s like passing between Scilla and Charybdis in practical terms,” he said as he mentioned the conflict between the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Industries and Trade over the new standards, as coordination of the deadlines between the two ministries is moving forwards with a great deal of difficulty.