The State Duma will get back to work after parliamentary holidays thisweek. The discussion and approval of the 2003 budget will be the prioritything during the fall session. Sessions of committees and commissions,meetings of factions and deputy groups devoted to the preparation for thefall session that will start officially on September 11 will be held today.During the fall session, deputies will continue working on top-prioritybills, devoted to the preparation of an annual presidential address to theFederal Assembly. The parliament's lower house is supposed to discuss 500bills during this fall session, of which 127 are priority ones..
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969