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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 16.07.2003

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 422 of July 14, 2003 on the Amendments to the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 318 of March 15, 1997

Pursuant to the entering into force of the Federal Law on the amendments to the Federal Law on the individual (personified) record keeping in the system of the state pension insurance, provides the new wording of the Instruction on the procedure of keeping of individual (personified) records of information of the insured persons for the purposes of obligatory pension insurance.
The Decision changes the time of submission of information on insurance contributions to the Pension Fund of Russia. From January 1, 2003, organisations must submit information to the Pension Fund of Russia of the accrued and paid contributions for each employee once a year - no later than March 1. Earlier, there was a norm stating that the report to the Pension Fund must have been submitted once in six months.
Provisions of the Instruction regulating the keeping of the professional part of the individual personal account of the insured apply from the day of entry into force of the Federal Law on professional pension systems.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 418 of July 11, 2003 on the Procedure of Import to the Russian Federation of Irradiated Fuel Assemblies of Nuclear Reactors

The import and export of irradiated assemblies and products of processing are carried out on the basis of international treaties and foreign-trade contracts concluded with organisations especially authorised by the Government of the Russian Federation. The import is permitted in the presence of the positive statement of the state ecological expert evaluation, as well as in the presence with the authorised organisations of appropriate licenses within the limits allocated by the Government of the Russian Federation on the annual basis.
The import of irradiated fuel assemblies on the basis of the earlier concluded foreign-trade contracts is carried out according to the procedure of accepting for subsequent processing at Russian enterprises of the spent nuclear fuel of foreign nuclear stations and return of the accumulated during processing radioactive waste and materials available at the moment of conclusion of the mentioned foreign-trade contracts.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 417 of July 11, 2003 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation

From August 1, 2003, introduces for five months the rates of import customs duties for individual types of commodities of Heading 0201 of the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation (bovine meet, fresh or chilled) in the amount of 60% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 0.8 per kg.
Commodities classified under Subheadings 0201 10 000 1, 0201 20 200 1, 0201 20 300 1, 0201 20 500 1, 0201 20 900 1, 0201 30 000 1 are imported using the earlier available rate (15% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 0.2 per kg), however, in the presence of the license of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation while observing the total volume of import in the amount of 11.5 tons per year.
The Decision is entered into force from the day of its official publication except for the individual provisions entered into force from August 1, 2003.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 51n of June 16, 2003 on the Special Registration of Organisations and Independent Entrepreneurs Carrying out Operations with Precious Metals and Precious Stones

Special registration is arranged for the organisations regardless of their organisational and legal form envisaging military service in them and independent entrepreneurs extracting, producing, processing and applying precious metals and precious stones for industrial, scientific, military, medical, educational and socio-cultural purposes, using as bail or accepting as bail, buying, selling them, exporting, storing, transporting precious metals and precious stones, as well as purveying, providing initial processing and/or processing their stored scrap and waste of precious metals and waste of precious stones.
Besides, special registration is arranged for organisations and independent entrepreneurs using items of precious metals and their alloys in equipment (glass-melting devices, melting pots, catalyst meshes, thermocouples, laboratory glassware for analyses and other auxiliaries of laboratory and industrial equipment).
The special registration is also arranged for natural persons (if they wish so) not registered as independent entrepreneurs, however, making profit from activities associated with the use of precious metals and precious stones (creative workers).
The special registration is vested in the Russian State Assay Chamber of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation operating through state inspections of assay enforcement.
The earlier issued by the state inspections of assay enforcement registration certificates preserve their force until expiry.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on July 10, 2003. Reg. No. 4883.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 30n of April 8, 2003 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Organisation of the Work of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation to Execute the Court Rulings under the Claims against the Russian Federation Treasury to Reimburse the Damage Incurred on the Citizen or Legal Entity by Illegal Actions (Failure to Act) of the Bodies of State Power or Officials of the Bodies of State Power

Defines the procedure of organisation of the work of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in execution of the court rulings under the claims against the Russian Federation Treasury to reimburse the damage incurred on the citizen or legal entity as a result of illegal actions (failure to act) of the state bodies or officials of these bodies, including the issue of the act of the state body not complying with the law or other legal act, as well as the damage incurred on the citizen as a result of illegal conviction, illegal detention as a preventive measure, illegal administrative sanctions in the form of arrest or corrective labour, as well as the damage incurred on the citizen or legal entity as a result of the mentioned illegal actions or failure to act. The Order lists the documents to be submitted by the collecting party to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.
According to the Statement of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation No. 07/4443-YuD of May 5, 2003, the present Order does not need the state registration.

Letter of the Ministry of Taxation of the Russian Federation No. SA-6-04/750@ of July 7, 2003 on the Taxation for the Unemployed

Payments from the federal budget to support the incomes of the unemployed taking part in public works are regarded as payments excluded from the taxable base for the income tax of natural persons.

Letter of the Ministry of Labour of the Russian Federation and the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation No. 02-08/10-1322P of May 30, 2003

Explains individual issues of payment for the additional expenses for the rehabilitation of the persons having become the victims of industrial accidents and occupational diseases before the signs of the permanent loss of professional abilities are revealed. The payment by the insurer for the rehabilitation measures in such cases does not contradict the actual legislation and is arranged on the commonly accepted terms if the institution of the medical and social expert evaluation established the need for the appropriate rehabilitation measures during the period of temporary disability of the victim. The certification of the victim in the institution of the medical and social expert evolution during the period of temporary disability to establish the need for the appropriate rehabilitation measures is arranged on the basis of the appeal of the insurer.

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