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Deputies of the Arkhangelsk regional Assembly adopted the regional law on regional benefits for residents of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation in two readings on Wednesday, said Viktor Ikonnikov, Deputy Chairman of the government of the Arkhangelsk region for project activities.
In the Arkhangelsk region, nine municipalities belong to the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation: Arkhangelsk, Novodvinsk, Severodvinsk, Onega, Primorsky, Leshukonsky, Mezensky, Pinezhsky districts and Novaya Zemlya.
"Today the decision was made in two readings. At the regional level, income tax benefits will be provided: for the first five years from the date of receipt of the first profit, the rate will be 5%, and for the next five years-10%. For property tax, the first five years 0.1%, the next five years 1.1%, " said Ikonnikov.
In addition, within five years, when applying the simplified tax system, rates will be at the minimum level that the Tax code of the Russian Federation currently allows. "This is 1% for the object of taxation of income and 5% for the object of taxation of income minus expenses," the source added.
The Deputy Chairman of the regional government noted that Federal benefits for residents of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation can be applied only if the region establishes its own preferences for investors. "The Federal component of 3% in the income tax is reset to zero, but it only works if the region has made a decision on its benefits. It doesn't matter what, but that the benefits are accepted," he said.
Ikonnikov noted that now there is even competition between the Arctic regions to attract investors who are looking at both local preferences for residents and the opportunities of the subject of the Federation. "We looked at what decisions other regions make," he explained. - For example, the company decided where to register the business, in the Arkhangelsk region or not. And at first they planned not in the Arkhangelsk region, because at the first stage of development, the main contracts, the main work will be outside of our region. We showed the draft law that was formed by the regional government that the benefits are better than in the region where they planned. This, in our opinion, also influenced the decision to register and conduct business in the Arkhangelsk region."
As explained by the Agency's interlocutor, we are talking about the company "Arctic invest Stroy", the volume of investment is planned to be 717 million rubles, 108 jobs will be created. "This is a transport project that will work throughout the Russian Arctic," he added. - This is a good project for the Arkhangelsk region: more than a hundred jobs. The company will provide transportation services in the Russian Arctic for the development of oil and gas projects in the first place. Perhaps further plans will be adjusted and there will be other orders."
According to Ikonnikov, the advantage of the Arkhangelsk region is that a fairly large part of the region's territory is assigned to the Arctic zone, while a significant part of the population lives in the Arctic municipalities and most large industrial enterprises are located. "This is a good incentive for the emergence of new projects and existing enterprises, and the arrival of new business here," he said.

In December, Arkhangelsk will open a modern multifunctional interactive platform for those who want to get to know the Arctic better. The creation of a single environmental-educational and educational platform on the basis of the national Park "Russian Arctic" was supported by the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region Alexander Tsybulsky.
"With the help of the latest technologies in the visitor center, you can literally feel the icy breath of the North: see a polar bear, imagine the size of a narwhal's horn, and get acquainted with the life of polar explorers," said Alexander Kirilov, Director of the Russian Arctic national Park.
The total area of the Arctic Embassy visitor center will be 700 square meters. it will be located in the building of the Northern shipping company on the embankment of the Severnaya Dvina river and will become one of the business cards of Arkhangelsk.
"It was important for us to find a place that reflects the spirit of sea expeditions and work in the harsh conditions of the Arctic. The building of the shipping company perfectly reflects this idea. The proximity to the administrative center of the city, convenient transport interchange and spacious rooms are convenient for visiting the visit center and the Museum of the national Park, " the head of the national Park explained.
All furniture and accessories for the business center will be made to order-they will reflect the specifics of the Arctic protected area.

Arkhangelsk is ready to become the permanent place for holding the international forum "The Arctic — the Territory of Dialogue", the representative of the regional government press service has reported RIA Novosti.

"In March, 2017 Arkhangelsk already for the second time will accept the international forum "The Arctic — the Territory of Dialogue". Further the capital of Pomorze expects to become the permanent place for carrying out similar actions. The initiative to hold a forum in Arkhangelsk has found support at the level of the Government of the Russian Federation" — has told the interlocutor of agency.

The press service of the regional government has reminded that Arkhangelsk already became a venue of the Arctic forum in September, 2011. The forum "The Arctic — the Territory of Dialogue" is held since 2010, in addition to the capital of Pomorze Moscow and Salekhard became its platforms also.

The governor of the region Igor Orlov has noted that the federal law draft "About Development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation" which implies creation of basic zones is already published. The question of basic zones will be discussed at a forum. "Coastal region shall become one of anchor points of this development. We calculate that the investment projects connected with production of diamonds, development of mineral resources will become pilot in basic zones where we are ready to create special conditions for their implementation" — mentioned Mr. Orlov according to the regional press service/