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Lyubov Duyko took part in the 5th Annual RBC Forum “Future St. Petersburg”

28 November 2013

Lyubov Duyko took part in the 5th Annual RBC Forum “Future St. Petersburg” that was held on 21 November in Hotel Astoria.

The plenary session of the Forum featured the report by Anatoly Kotov, chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy and Strategic Planning, headed: "Saint - Petersburg - 2030: a strategy for sustainable development and resource mobilization", reflecting the main points of the plan for socio-economic development of St. Petersburg until 2030. Introducing the document, Anatoly Kotov said that the main purpose of the group of authors working on the document is not a detailed development plan with detailed steps but the development of goals and approaches that clearly describe the end result that is needed to achieve. The task of the plenary session was to give the representatives of public authorities and the business community an opportunity to discuss the basic principles formulated in the project document, and evaluate a variety of professional positions. In free round-table discussions, participants made substantive comments on Strategy Petersburg - 2030.

Lyubov supported the Committee in its endeavor and announced a series of comments on those components of the project that the authors covered not fully. Lyubov Duyko is an advocate and the Partner Chair of the Board of Partners of S & K Vertical Law Offices, and also a board member of the All-Russian Society of Environmental Protection. In her speech, she discussed the Strategy document from two professional standpoints. She also drew attention to the fact that the authors of the Strategy did not cover the legislation in a sufficient manner.

Legislation is not just a condition of strategic planning, but also its object. This is important, since there is always a chance that the newly incoming administration, for political or other motives may arbitrarily reconsider its earlier strategic priorities. The Strategy lacks comparative analysis of the legislative experience of other cities, so-called Smart Creative Innovative Cities, such as Berlin, Stockholm, Barcelona. St. Petersburg faced the revision of investment policy priorities, several major projects were suspended. Investors are afraid of "manual control", "administrative risks”, of uncertainty of regulation, of the difficulties in obtaining town planning approvals, engineering and connection to energy infrastructure. These problems can be solved at a strategic level only through proactive transformation of the regulatory system of planning. In her speech, Lyubov stressed the importance of further development of the environmental component of the city strategy. Environmental well-being is an essential factor in the development of the city of future. Finally, she confirmed that legal community and the community of ecological activists to participate in the development and improvement of the strategy.

The meeting also dealt with the tendency that intellectual segment of the city population is growing fast and that there is a need to formulate new conditions for carrying out the investment projects in St. Petersburg. All the participants spoke on these topics. Anatoly Kotov expressed his satisfaction as to the results of the talk and, in particular, the success of finding a lot of problematic points during the round-table that will be taken into account in the second version of the Strategy.

In his concluding remarks he underlined the importance of the dialogue between the power, the business and the society and expressed his hopes that by common effort St. Petersburg will be able to get closer to the future that its dwellers desire.

“Future St. Petersburg” is a permanent discussion panel seeing as its mission the active support to the development and modernization of the city. The project was initiated in the end of the year 2008 by the St. Petersburg journalists of the RBC media-holding. The basis of the initiative was the willingness to attract the attention of city dwellers and authorities to the problematic points and strategic goals of St. Petersburg and to offer progressive approaches of how to solve the problems and to unite the city elites for the collective formation of the city of future. 

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