On behalf of the ministry of construction, housing and utilities, I congratulate you on the coming New Year!
There have been a lot of important events in the sphere of construction and utilities. In spite of the hard economic conditions, I’m sure we shall manage to put into operation the planned 75m m2 of housing. Owing to the solutions taken together with the construction community, we were able to support the demand for housing. Every fourth apartment bought last year was purchased within the “Mortgage loan with state support” program. Experts’ negative prognoses on the large-scale downfall of the market have not come true.
President Putin, in his annual message to the RF Federal Assembly, remarked that the construction industry is now in a risky area and it is necessary to support it. We consider this the priority task. We shall continue the work on the alteration of the price formation system in construction, which is to be most objective, and let the state save budget money. In the sphere of housing construction we are planning to help developers with infrastructure. We shall continue to lower administrative barriers in the sphere of construction. In 2015, Russia has risen 37 positions in the Doing Business rating category “Getting permission for construction”.
In 2015, the Ministry of Construction has become the initiator of cardinal changes in the sphere of utilities: managing companies’ certification has been introduced, and concession agreements have started being implemented. The capital repair system has been changed all over the country, and now the ministry is working on the mechanisms of long-term financial sustainability of regional capital repair funds, and their maximum transparency.
I want to stress that all successes achieved in the construction and utilities sphere are our common victory, and owing to ongoing dialogue we have managed to solve many problems.
I heartily congratulate you and your families on the coming New Year! I wish you success, health and energy in your work, and happiness and holiday joy!
Happy New Year!