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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 11.12.2003

Federal Law No. 166-FZ of December 8, 2003 on the Budget of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation for the Year 2004

For 2004, extends the norm stating that the maximum amount of the temporary disability and maternity allowance for the full calendar month may not be greater than Rbl 11,700.
In 2004, preserves the provision stating that the amount of the monthly insurance payment calculated in compliance with the Law on obligatory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases may not be greater than Rbl 30,000.
In 2004, preserves the amount of the monetary compensation paid out in compliance with the Law on the social protection of citizens exposed to radiation because of the disaster at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station to replace the accommodation for sanatoria and resort treatment.
Also preserves the provision stating that the resources of the obligatory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases will be used to pay for the expenses of an outside special medical care for the insured in the amount of Rbl 900 per month and expenses for outside household services for the insured in the amount of Rbl 225 per month.
Specifies the amount of resources of obligatory social insurance allocated to pay out the cost of accommodations for the children of the insured persons.
In 2004, the amount of the lumpsum insurance payment under obligatory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases is determined depending on the degree of professional disability of the insured proceeding from the amount of Rbl 30,000. In case of death of the insured, the lumpsum insurance payment is fixed in the amount of Rbl 30,000.
The Federal Law is entered into force from January 1, 2004.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 743 of December 9, 2003 on the Fixing of the Transfer Points across the State Border of the Russian Federation for the Arrival to the Customs Territory of the Russian Federation of Alcoholic Products and Tobacco Items

Lists the points of transfer across the state border of alcoholic products (codes according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation 2204-2206 00, 2208, except for 2208 90 910 0 and 2208 90 990 0) and tobacco items (codes according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation 2402 10 000 0, 2402 20, 2403 10 except for the tobacco raw materials used for industrial production of tobacco items) imported by the highway, air, railway and sea (river) transport.
The Decision is entered into force from January 1, 2004.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 742 of December 9, 2003 on the Non-Application of the Rate of Import Customs Duty for the Glass for Sight-Correction Spectacles

The rate of the import customs duty in the amount of 10% of the customs cost does not apply to the glass for sight-correction spectacles (code according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation 7015 10 000 0).
The Decision is entered into force one month after the day of its official publication for 9 months.

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 741 of December 9, 2003 on the Rate of the Import Customs Duty for Rigid Aluminium Cylinder Containers Not Greater Than 1 Litre in Capacity

The earlier fixed for 9 months rate of the import customs duty for rigid aluminium cylinder containers with capacity not greater than 1 litre (code according to the Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature 7612 90 100 1) remains in force from December 11, 2003 on the permanent basis. The rate amounts to 20% of the customs cost, however, not less than EUR 22 per 1,000 pieces.

Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 111n of December 4, 2003 on the Prolongation of the Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation No. 9n of February 2, 1999 on the Endorsement of the Rules of Drawing up and Issue in 1999 of the Permissions to Open Accounts for Organisations Financed from the Federal Budget to Register Resources Obtained from Entrepreneurial and Other Profitable Activities

Effective period of the mentioned Order is extended for the year 2004 where it pertains to the procedure of drawing up and issue by the federal treasury bodies of the Ministry of Finance of Russia of permissions to open accounts in the divisions of the payment network of the Bank of Russia and credit organisations on the Balance Accounts 40503 and 40302.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on December 8, 2003. Reg. No. 5311.

Order of the Ministry of Communication of the Russian Federation No. 136 of November 24, 2003 on the Extension of the List of Officials of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Communication and Informatisation Authorised to Draw up the Protocols of Administrative Violations

The mentioned list includes other officials of the bodies of state supervision of the communication and informatisation in the Russian Federation in charge of the supervision of the communication and informatisation begin state inspectors in charge of supervision of the communication and informatisation in the Russian Federation ex officio.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on December 8, 2003. Reg. No. 5309.

Order of the Ministry of Labour of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation No. 288/349/917 of November 21, 2003 on the Allocation among the Subjects of the Russian Federation of the Endorsed by the Government of the Russian Federation for the Year 2004 Quota of Invitations to Enter the Russian Federation for Employment Purposes Issued to Foreign Citizens

Specifies the distribution for the year 2004 of the quota of invitations to enter the Russian Federation for employment purposes issued to foreign citizens.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on December 8, 2003. Reg. No. 5308.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 1271 of November 12, 2003 on the Procedure of Carrying out of Individual Customs Operations in Cases of Application of the Duty-Free Trade Customs Regime and on Obligatory Requirements to the Outfit of the Warehouses of the Duty Free Shop

The owner of the duty free shop shall notify in advance of the time of opening of it the customs station covering the region of the transfer point across the border where the duty free shop is opened. The notification is submitted in writing drawn up according to a free form as a rule no later than 15 days in advance of the day (date) of opening. The owner of the shop shall submit at least once in three calendar months the reports drawn up to the attached form of commodities placed under the duty free trade customs regime and sold in the duty free shop, as well as of commodities with the duty free trade customs regime being changed for another customs regime.
The Order is entered into force from January 1, 2004.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on December 5, 2003. Reg. No. 5301.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 1215 of October 29, 2003 on the Endorsement of the Regulation on the Procedure of Certification of the Employees of the Customs Bodies of the Russian Federation

Defines the procedure of certification of the employees of the customs bodies of the Russian Federation and regulates the activities of certification commissions of the customs bodies of the Russian Federation and organisations of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation. Subsequent certification of the employees of the customs bodies for conformity with the occupied position is arranged no oftener than once in two years, however, at least once in four years. The Order lists the categories of employees exempted from certification.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on December 5, 2003. Reg. No. 5299.

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