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    PUTIN TO TAKE PART IN JOINT BOARD SESSION OF MINISTRIES OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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    MOSCOW, March 17, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- Vladimir Putin has accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov to attend the joint board session of the ministries of economic development and finance, the President said at a meeting with the Premier on Wednesday. The session is set for Friday.

    "It will be an important session, where we will discuss, in part, amendments to the tax legislation," said the President. Informing the president about the first day of his work as Premier, Mr. Fradkov said: "We are working energetically and will complete the appointment of leadership to services and agencies." (The new cabinet has three levels - ministries, services and agencies).

    The Premier also noted that work on the distribution and specification of functions of the ministries and departments will be over soon. "We are discussing a number of laws now," he said and reminded the President that Vice-Premier Alexander Zhikov had reported this the day before.

    Tomorrow "we will hold a cabinet session to discuss the Forestry Code and the Water Code is next on the agenda," said Mr. Fradkov. The cabinet is also discussing amendments to the tax legislation.

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