At the VI Congress of Karelians of the Republic of Karelia in Olonets the Karelian public has put a question on insufficient representation of Karelians and Veppsians in bodies of the government and local self-government of the republic.
A positive tendency in solution of this task is observed now. Three representatives of the Karelian people head ministries and departments of the republic and are members of the Government. Grigory Manuilov is in charge of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fish Industry and Ecology of the Republic of Karelia, Vladimir Stepanov heads the State Committee for Protection and Use of Objects of Fauna and Water, Alexander Shmykov guides Department of the Republic of Karelia on maintenance of activity of Justices of the Peace.
Head of Administrations of all three national municipal formations - Kalevala, Olonets and Pryazha regions - are Karelians.
This fall in the republic there will pass election in institutions of local government, thus, representatives of Karelians and Veppsians have an opportunity to recommend reputable candidates. Therefore, the next session of the Council of representatives of Karelians, Veppsians and Finns of the Republic of Karelia chaired by the Head of the Republic of Sergey Katanandov in August will consider the issue of the course of preparation for elections in institutions of local government in territories of national municipal formations of the Republic of Karelia.