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12 february

Consumer Council approved opinion letter regarding draft statement of work for engineering surveys and development of design documentation for construction of Moscow - Kazan high-speed rail line

On February 12, members of the Consumer Council approved an opinion letter regarding a draft statement of work for engineering surveys and development of design documentation for the construction of the Moscow — Kazan high-speed rail line. The Consumer Council noted a high quality of prepared materials and thoroughness of preproject solutions. “Construction of Russia’s first high-speed rail line will become a major technological breakthrough, allow elevating passenger service to a new level and contribute to economic boom in the territories of the route,” says the Council’s opinion letter. At the same time, the experts noted that in order to increase the utilization rate of the high-speed rail line, it is necessary to consider all capabilities of multimodality and development of transport and interchange hubs. The opinion letter was submitted by the Consumer Council to the RF Government, the Russian Ministry of Transport, RF Minister Mikhail Abyzov, and JSCo “RZD.” The core specialists of JSC “High-Speed Rail Lines” took into consideration all commentaries and suggestions stated by the Council in the opinion letter. In the nearest future, a revised version of the draft statement of work for engineering surveys and development of design documentation for construction of Moscow — Kazan high-speed rail line will be submitted. Consumer councils governing activities of natural monopolies are advisory and consultative agencies functioning under sectoral governmental committees. Their objective is to increase the transparency and accountability of natural monopolies, according to the instructions of RF President Vladimir Putin given after the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in 2013 and the meeting with business community in Voronezh in May of 2013. On September 24 of 2013, RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved the Concept of creation and development of mechanisms of public control over the activities of subjects of natural monopolies and “road map” for their implementation. The documents were devised jointly with the Expert Council under the Government for the purpose of ensuring the accountability of companies with government participation, which also receive budget funds. The objective of the Concept is to ensure information openness of the investment programs of natural monopolies and the process of tariff setting, mandatory participation and control on the part of consumers. The instrument of ensuring such control is consumer councils.

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