Dmitry Rogozin
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Deputy PM mulls Arctic code

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has proposed drafting a law on the Arctic to provide a legal framework for the region, RIA Novosti reports.

"There are practically no laws regulating legal relations in the Arctic. We should decide whether we need a unified regulatory act — a law on the Arctic," he said at the meeting of the State Commission for Arctic Development.

Mr. Rogozin also said that the commission's priority should be the development of a code of laws and regulations for the Arctic macroregion. Next, the implementation of the Arctic and other regional development programs should be reviewed.

"Third would be adjusting the Arctic socio-economic development program through 2020. This federal program should be an effective strategy implementation tool. Today, however, it is essentially an advisory document, since there are no budget funds to fulfil it," he said.

"The state commission should take on the function of a relentless supervisor," the official said.