The Federation Council has changed the regulations on the procedure for settlement of conflict of interests

The Federation Council has changed the regulations on the procedure for settlement of conflict of interests


MOSCOW, 25 Dec. The Federation Council has amended its regulations on the procedure for settlement of conflict of interests: starting with the New year, Russian senators will announce the conflict of interest to the Commission of the Federation Council on control over income and expenses of parliamentarians.

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.

Earlier, Deputy speaker of the Federation Council Yuri Vorobyov said that the responsibility before the law for noncompliance with this rule: “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.

Vorobyov also said 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.

Vice-speaker of the Federation Council announced that the results of law enforcement practice of the law on prevention of conflict of interest, the Commission may propose 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.