MOSCOW, September 23 (Itar-Tass) —President Dmitry Medvedev gave instructions to Valentina Matviyenko, new speaker of the Federation Council, on Thursday and approved her intention to upgrade the status of the upper chamber. He assigned to be more resolute with imposing veto on the laws adopted by the State Duma. He expressed hope that FC would “occupy a proper place in the political system” and would become “a real upper chamber of parliament upholding the interests of the regions.” Ms. Matviyenko has already put forward some initiatives on the modernization of FC. Experts believe she intends to get back the powers, which were taken away by United Russia from Sergey Mironov, her predecessor on that post.
FC approved Ms. Matviyenko on the post of its speaker on Wednesday, and she promised the senators to discuss with the President the format of their participation in the decentralisation of power in the country, Kommersant writes. Aside from it, she put forward a number of initiatives on the modernization of FC and the upgrading of its status, including the getting back to the election of senators.
According to Ms. Matviyenko, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament will play the role of a filter for poorly prepared draft laws, Izvestia writes. According to the information of its sources, she will confer with her colleagues on September 27 and will discuss with them the changes needed for improving the organisation of work of FC. “These include, in the first place, measures for consolidating the status of members of the upper chamber and for improving their discipline,” the source told The Izvestia. He said the inner structure of FC did not suit Ms Matviyenko, and primarily because many committees and commissions duplicate each other’s functions.