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Public Chamber sent to the State Duma an opinion on the draft law on TORs

Following the results of the "zero" readings, the Public Chamber prepared an opinion on the draft federal law No. 623874-6 "On territories of advanced socio-economic development in the Russian Federation", which establishes a special economic zone in the Far East, the press service of the OP said.

Recall, 31 October, there were "zero" readings of the draft law on TORs, which was attended by the Minister for the Development of the Far East, Alexander Galushka, members of the OP, profile experts and entrepreneurs from the Far Eastern regions. During the week the members of the OP summarized the proposals and sent the final version of the conclusion to the State Duma. 12 November at the first reading member of the OP Lydia Mikheeva will submit an examination to the deputies of the State Duma.

The Public Chamber "notes the importance of the bill, generally endorsing its focus on creating additional tools to stimulate the socio-economic development of the territories of the Far Eastern macroregion", but makes a number of additions and clarifications that relate to both conceptual provisions and particulars.

The members of the EP are convinced that the development of new industries in the ASEZ should be carried out with the obligation
As a matter of preserving the already existing business structures, TORs should not "create conditions that give rise to their displacement or closure." In this regard, “the process of identifying and creating priority development territories should take place in close cooperation with the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation, local government bodies, representatives of the professional community and specialized public associations.

Moreover, the Public Chamber proposes to register in the bill measures to support small and medium-sized businesses in the territories of advanced social and economic development. Experts of the chamber note that in the long term, the focus on big business "can lead to the emergence of the phenomenon of 'single-industry towns', the survival of which directly depends on budget subsidies."

In order to accelerate the development of enterprises in the TOR, the Public Chamber considers it expedient to provide for additional tax concessions or the full exemption of residents from a number of taxes, including on profits, VAT, transport tax, etc. Recall, the document provides for the exemption of residents from the payment of land tax, although it occupies a small share in the total tax burden.

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