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Federation Council ends autumn session, approving 195 laws

December 25, 2013, 19:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The Federation Council upper house of Russia’s parliament on Wednesday ended its autumn session during which it has approved 195 federal laws. On Wednesday alone, the FC members at their last meeting this year approved 70 laws.

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko noted that the legislative activity of the upper house of the Russian parliament had been very intensive. During this time, the house has considered more than 450 laws, the FC members were among the authors of 112 bills introduced in the State Duma lower house.

According to the Federation Council speaker, together with the regional legislative authorities an Action Plan aimed at fulfilling the tasks outlined by the RF president in his state-of-the-nation address to Russia’s Federal Assembly (both houses of parliament) has been prepared. She promised that its fulfilment will be a top priority of the upper house during the spring session.

Matviyenko recalled that the head of state paid special attention to the problems of the Far East and Siberia. “In this regard, it is important for our house to complete the work on the corresponding bill in the first half of next year,” she said. “We need a serious innovative leap forward in the industry. The development of regulatory framework for it is also our top priority in the coming period,” the house speaker said.

Referring to the main events of the outgoing year, Matviyenko touched upon the 20th anniversary of the RF Constitution and the Federal Assembly of Russia. “The presidential address, delivered on the Constitution anniversary day and a formal meeting of the Federal Assembly were its bright components. Many large-scale and small events, festivals, Constitution lessons were held in the regions. The media are engaged in very interesting discussions on the history and prospects of Russian parliamentarianism,” the Federation Council speaker said.

The Federation Council will complete its work in 2013 by a festive concert featuring creative groups of the RF Defence Ministry. There will also be a drink reception after the concert organised at the expense of the FC members. “I believe that we should not abandon this Russian tradition - to congratulate each other and wish success in the New Year,” said Matviyenko, adding that the holiday would be “rather modest and inexpensive for the FC members.

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