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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 8.10.2003

Federal Law No. 131-FZ of October 6, 2003 on the General Principles of Organisation of Local Government in the Russian Federation

The right of citizens for the local government is implemented through its organisation in three types of municipal formations: settlements, city districts and municipal regions. Each of the mentioned types of municipal formations covers the list of issues of local significance. The sphere of reference of the local government on the whole is somewhat reduced.
Great attention is paid to the territorial organisation of the local government. The Law defines the procedure of fixing and changing of the boundaries of municipal formations, procedure of reorganisation of municipal formations.
Empowering of the bodies of local government with individual state authority is implemented according to the present Federal Law.
The Law extends the list of the forms of direct implementation of the functions of local government by the population and participation of the population in the implementation of the local government. Endorses the new mechanism of regulation of inter-budget relations based on the territorial organisation of the local government.
Regulates in detail the issues of inter-municipal cooperation. Specifies the new type of economic companies - inter-municipal economic companies. Envisages temporary execution of the authority of the bodies of local government by the bodies of state power of the subjects of the Russian Federation in cases when there emerges a hazard to the life, health and security of the citizens, as well as in some other cases.
Examines the particulars of organisation of local government in the subjects of the Russian Federation - cities of federal significance Moscow and St.Petersburg, in closed administrative and territorial formations, in scientific research towns and on frontier territories.
The Federal Law is entered into force from January 1, 2006 except for the provisions where it specifies other time limits and procedure for the entry into force.
The text of the Federal Law has been published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on October 8, 2003, No. 202.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1450-r of October 3, 2003

The time of issue of the new type certificates to participants of elimination of consequences of the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station is extended till January 1, 2006.

Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 191 of September 22, 2003 on the Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 68 of June 30, 2000

According to the amendments, the waybill for the vehicle (bus) of an independent entrepreneur is filled out in full amount in any case, not only when using hired drivers.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 6, 2003. Reg. No. 5150.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 939 of August 27, 2003 on the Endorsement of the Instruction on the Customs Operations Carried out When the Commodities Are Available in the Places of Unloading and Reloading (Transhipment) in Sea and River Ports Open for International Cargo and/or Passenger Transportation without Being Placed in Temporary Storage Warehouses under the Customs Control

Commodities after arrival and submission of the appropriate documents and information to the customs body may be unloaded or reloaded, placed in the temporary storage warehouse, declared for placing under a certain customs regime or for internal customs transit shipment and acquire the status of being in temporary storage from the moment of their presentation at the place of arrival.
Permanent zones of customs control are created in the places of regular operations of unloading, reloading (transhipment) and storage of commodities available under the customs control. In other cases, temporary zones of customs control are created for operations of unloading, reloading (transhipment) and storage of commodities available under the customs control.
The Order defines the procedure of obtaining the permission to store commodities in the places of unloading and reloading (transhipment) and placing of commodities imported by ships to the customs territory of the Russian Federation to the zones of customs control, as well as the commodity storage procedure.
The Order is entered into force from January 1, 2004 except for Items 9 and 10 of the Instruction entering into force 90 days after the day of the official publication.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 3, 2003. Reg. No. 5148.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 932 of August 26, 2003 on the Endorsement of the Form of the Obligation to Submit the Customs Declaration and Present Necessary Documents and Information

When importing to the customs territory of the Russian Federation commodities necessary for the elimination of consequences of natural disasters and accidents, as well as perishable commodities, live animals, radioactive materials, international postal dispatches and express cargo, reports and other materials for mass media and other similar goods, release of commodities may be effected before the submission of the customs declaration.
Release of commodities before the submission of the customs declaration is permitted when the declaring party presents an obligation in written form to submit the customs declaration and present necessary documents and information within the time limit specified by the customs body.
The Order endorses the form of the obligation to submit the customs declaration and present necessary documents and information.
The form is entered into force from January 1, 2004.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on October 2, 2003. Reg. No. 5143.

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