Russian-Belarus commission on budget/finance to meet in Kaliningrad

KALININGRAD, October 17 (Itar-Tass) - The commission on budget and finance of the Russian-Belarus Parliamentary Assembly will hold a visiting session in Kaliningrad on Tuesday.

The parliamentarians, together with representatives of the Ministries of Economics and Finance of the two countries will consider a draft union budget for 2007.

Kaliningrad was selected as the venue of the upcoming session not by accident. The parliamentarians, in their address to regional governor Georgy Boos noted that "the province plays an increasing role in the development of Russian-Belarus cooperation. Long-term programs and treaties signed in the recent time, have an important significance for the integration of fraternal nations," they said.

After considering the issues related to the implementation of the current budget and preparation of the next year budget, the commission will mull possible forms of organizational and financial support of the expansion of cooperation between Russia's westernmost Kaliningrad region and Belarus, the press service of the regional administration told Itar-Tass.

Department head of the Belarussian Embassy in Kaliningrad Vladimir Zalomai told Tass that trade turnover between his republic and the province totaled 62 million dollars in the first eight months of this year, matching the last year indicator.