Sergei Sobyanin resigns as political council secretary of United Russia’s Moscow branch
The United Russia party took stock of its work in 2012 at the 16th Conference of its Moscow branch. The party’s Secretary of the General Council Sergei Neverov also proposed relieving Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin of his duties as secretary of the party’s political council, so that Mr Sobyanin can focus on his work in the Supreme Council of the party. Chairperson of the Moscow Council of Municipal Entities Irina Belykh was appointed to the post after a vote.
During the conference, Sergei Sobyanin presented a report on the activities of the Moscow regional branch of United Russia in 2012.
“This year was difficult, but it was important and successful,” the Mayor said.
He said that the party made progress in all areas in 2012. A number of measures have already been implemented and many tasks are being completed ahead of deadlines, including metro construction, purchase of new public transport vehicles, renovation of schools and hospitals, purchase of high-tech medical equipment, as well as landscaping work in parks and courtyard areas. Mr Sobyanin said United Russia members took an active part in addressing these issues. A few years ago, the efforts were not consistent, but now the situation has changed radically, and party members are involved in the work on a daily basis.
Speaking about plans for 2013, Mr Sobyanin said that metro construction will double next year and 14.5 km of new metro lines are planned to be built. The work will involve Russia’s entire construction capacity, as well as partners from Belarus and Ukraine.
Mr Sobyanin said that 47,000 units of medical equipment purchased in 2012 will be fully operational in 2013. He added that there needs to be a focus on the operation of clinics, as they are the subject of numerous complaints from residents. He instructed City Duma deputies to become actively involved in the process.
Another priority for the Moscow Government is the education system. Autonomy of city schools is being actively promoted under the new system of financing: the school boards now have the authority to manage finances and distribute premiums.
“We work for the benefit of the city and Muscovites,” said Mr Sobyanin and explained that in 2013, work will continue on improving Moscow parks, streets and restoring order in parking areas. In 2012, funds received from parking payments, taxes and housing rent will be transferred to the city’s districts so that City Duma deputies will be able to allocate these funds themselves.
Mr Sobyanin said that the city’s web portals created in 2012 and providing information about courtyards, residential buildings, roads, etc., need to operate more efficiently. It is also important to monitor the work of management companies.
Mr Sobyanin noted separately that the city of Moscow has recently established an open personnel reserve and has generally reshaped its recruitment system. The city appointed 14 new council heads based on competitive recruitment. He added that personnel for executive government bodies is selected on merit and not according to party affiliation.
Referring to President Vladimir Putin’s Address to the Federal Assembly, Sergei Sobyanin asserted that the Moscow Government will work to promote patriotism, international peace and harmony. He is of the opinion that United Russia party members are uniquely suited for the job.