THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF THE FOREST COMPLEX AND THE INCREASE IN DEEP WOOD PROCESSING WILL BE DISCUSSED BY THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE RUSSIAN FOREST FORUM

THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF THE FOREST COMPLEX AND THE INCREASE IN DEEP WOOD PROCESSING WILL BE DISCUSSED BY THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE RUSSIAN FOREST FORUM
17.12.2020

Today, the exhibition and forum "Russian Forest" was launched in Vologda, which was attended by Andrei Lutsenko, chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the region.

Events have been held in our region for 25 years in a row. This year, despite the difficult situation with the pandemic, more than 17 regions of the Russian Federation have become participants in the exhibition and forum. In addition, everyone can join the work in the online mode - the broadcast of events is carried out at several venues.

Welcoming the guests of the exhibition "Russian Forest," the Governor of the region Oleg Kuvshinnikov noted that the forest industry is currently one of the leading in the Vologda region and in the country. "Right now, in terms of the level of tax deductions, by the number of employees of the industry, by the volume of investments attracted, the forest complex is among the top 3 drivers of the economy and gross regional product of Vologodchina, - explained Oleg Kuvshynnikov. "The industry's attention is enormous. This is confirmed by the recent speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He set the goals of decriminalizing the forest complex, increasing deep processing of wood, exporting high-margin products and stopping the export of roundwood from the country." The head of the region stressed that within the framework of the forum, which will last three days, it is necessary to prepare a package of proposals for the State Duma for the work of the timber industry complex in light of the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation.

"We need to do everything to ensure that this industry develops dynamically and sustainably, that there is no additional financial and tax burden on enterprises, that investment projects launched in the region are implemented, that our products enter not only the domestic market, but also abroad. Everyone is waiting for the resolution of our forum. Therefore, I ask everyone to take an active part in the work of roundtables and plenary sessions," said Oleg Kuvshynnikov. Andrei Lutsenko, the chairman of the SSO, noted that United Russia deputies were among the first to respond to Vladimir Putin's instructions.

"Members of the United Russia faction in the State Duma have already prepared changes in the legislation on the creation of an electronic system to control the transportation, storage of forest and timber transactions. This law will allow to more effectively fight "black loggers", reduce the damage from illegal logging, keep a more accurate record of forest resources. For our region, the issue is urgent, because the damage from illegal logging last year amounted to 168 million rubles, and this year - more than 120 million rubles," the speaker of the regional parliament explained.

Also, according to Andrei Lutsenko, the forest industry should become more convenient and transparent for Vologzhan.

"This year we paid great attention to providing wood to citizens for their own needs. A law has been passed under which a person will be able to obtain wood on a first-come, first-served basis by applying once, rather than applying for it every year. From January 2021, two queues will be created - one for beneficiaries, including large children, the other for the rest of the citizens."

Source: Official portal of the Government of Vologda Region

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