PM sets tasks for gov't

At the end of April it will be necessary to develop the basic parameters of the federal budget for 2004, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov declared today opening the government meeting. In May the Cabinet of Ministers is to start discussing the main financial document for 2004, he added.

Moreover, Kasyanov pointed out that in April the government was to make decisions concerning the tax policy, optimization of budget expenses and some other issues. The PM noted that next month basic directions of Russia's energy strategy throughout 2020 should be prepared, so that the government could discuss them in May.

Another important document to be considered in April is the program of the country's social and economic development in the medium-long term perspective, Kasyanov concluded.