When the conflict of interests of senators will return to the Commission of the Federation Council on revenues

When the conflict of interests of senators will return to the Commission of the Federation Council on revenues


With the New year the Commission will invite the member of the Federation Council to change the relevant Committee, not to participate in a public event, in the discussion of the bill or to abstain from voting, said Vice-speaker of the upper house of Parliament Yuri Vorobyov.

MOSCOW, 21 Dec. In accordance with earlier amendments to the legislation, starting with the New year, the senators will announce their conflict of interests to the Commission of the Federation Council on control over income and expenses of parliamentarians. This was announced at the Commission meeting on Monday the Vice-speaker of the upper house of Parliament Yuri Vorobyov.

“In the event of a conflict of interest, the Commission may propose to the member of the Federation Council to change the relevant Committee, not to participate in a public event, in the discussion of the bill or to abstain from voting at the plenary session,” — said Vorobyov.

The corresponding changes in the regulation on Commission income, as well as to the regulations of the Federation Council may be made at the final meeting of the upper house of Parliament on Friday.

Vorobyov noted that the responsibility before the law for noncompliance with this rule is not established, “if the Senator has not declared a possible conflict of interest, he does not see him”. The head of the Commission explained that it was now the practice, including through the media, when the Senator asked to explain whether there is a conflict of interest in his actions. The MP does not know where to turn to resolve this issue.

Vorobyev also noted that, in accordance with the laws, in 2016, if the MP in the period up to April 1 will not provide Declaration of their and their family on the income and expenditure, it may prematurely lose the mandate. The Commission will inform colleagues further about this position, as well as changes in position about activity patterns.

Vorobyov said that the results of law enforcement practice of the law on prevention of conflict of interests, the Commission may be proposed amendments to the legislation.

The law, passed in October of this year, imposes the duty of parliamentarians to report to the Commission on control over reliability of data on incomes, property and obligations of property character information about the origin of personal interest in the exercise of its powers, if it leads or may lead to conflict of interest, and take measures to prevent or resolve such conflicts.