MOSCOW, September 9 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Academy of Sciences has gathered for a general meeting to discuss the new bill on the academy’s reform.
“We are to discuss in detail this bill, to assess it, to analyze the policy and activities of the Academy’s presidium in this difficult period, to assess possible risks and benefits, to discuss proposals and to outline the guidelines for our further development,” Vladimir Fortov, the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said on Monday, opening the meeting.
The bill on reforms in the Russian Academy of Sciences was adopted by the Russian State Duma lower parliament house in two readings in early July. As many as 69 amendments were introduced in the bill’s original edition at the request of the Academy members. According to Fortov, these amendments were approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian State Duma plans to consider the bill in the third reading in the nearest future. It is not ruled out however that the bill will be submitted for further elaboration.
The general meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences is its supreme governing body. It is convened twice a year. The current meeting is an extraordinary one.