Federation Council to discuss issues of Crimean integration into Russian legal system

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The Federation Council will also consider problems of citizens of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol on compensating deposits made in Ukrainian banks, and paying loans taken in credit institutions of Ukraine

On Monday the Federation Council starts the Days of the Crimea, during which senators will discuss the current state of the Crimea integration into the Russian legal system.

At expanded sessions of specialized committees with representatives of the Crimea state authorities it is planned to discuss issues of further economic and social development of the Crimean regions. In particular, at a meeting of the House Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets they will address the problems of citizens of the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol on compensating deposits made in Ukrainian banks, and paying loans taken in credit institutions in Ukraine.

The Economic Policy Committee will have an extended meeting to address energy security of the Crimea. Particular attention will be paid to the construction of energy facilities and proposals for improving electric power energy efficiency.

As said vice-speaker of the Federation Council Galina Karelova, the country already has projects on energy independence of the peninsula. According to her, in the federal targeted program “Social and economic development of the Crimean Republic and the federal city of Sevastopol until 2020” 49 billion rubles are allocated for the Crimea energy development.

Much attention will be paid to the integration of the Crimea into the legal system of the Russian Federation. Thus, the powers of the republic self-government authorities and related legislative issues will be discussed during an extended meeting of the Federation Council Committee on the federal structure, regional policy, local government and northern affairs. As for the current situation with the integration of new actors into the legal system of Russia, it will be discussed at a meeting of the upper house of the Parliament in the framework of “An hour for the Russian Federation’s subject” on Wednesday, March 25.

According to Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matviyenko, after the annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol, lawmakers “in a very short period of time had to create a new legal framework.” According to her data, in one year were made 9 federal constitutional laws, 50 federal laws, 156 laws by the Legislature of the Crimea and 124 by the Legislature of Sevastopol. “It is the enormous work of lawmakers at the federal level and lawmakers of the Crimea and Sevastopol,” said Matviyenko.

In her turn Karelova noted that the integration process was rather complicated and promised that during 2015 the upper house would conduct regular monitoring of the Russian laws enforcement in the territory of the Crimea. Furthermore, she said, the Federation Council would provide a systematic methodological assistance to residents of the Crimea both in the federal laws enforcement and in the development of regional legislation.

Text and pictures by TASS