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State Duma committee supports second version of northern deliveries bill

Members of the State Duma Committee on the Development of the Far East and Arctic supported for the second reading  the core text of the northern freight deliveries bill that aims to create a comprehensive system for regulating and managing deliveries of goods to the Northern Territories of Russia .

Members of the lower house of parliament also approved several amendments that adjust some of the bill’s clauses.

First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Gadzhimagomed Guseinov who submitted the amendments noted that they had been drafted in line with the deputies’ proposals and proposals from state agencies in the territories covered by the northern deliveries program.

“We reviewed all submitted proposals in great detail. The committee for streamlining the northern deliveries system also discussed them. The discussion involved the heads of Arctic territories that submitted the most amendments, namely, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. We have approved the resolutions on all the proposals,” Guseinov said.  

Vyacheslav Loginov, who chaired the committee meeting, thanked the regions for their active work on the bill. “The final text clarifies the wording on standards  and takes into account the opinions of experts and residents in the territories where the law will apply,” he added.

On July 20, 2023, State Duma deputies are to review the bill in the second and third readings.