The state Duma adopted in the first reading the draft on volunteering and volunteerism

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photobacteria at the plenary session of the state Duma of the Russian Federation. 22 Dec 2017The state Duma adopted in the first reading the draft on volunteering and volunteerism© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

The state Duma adopted in the first reading the bill defining the status of volunteer organizations.

Earlier, the Duma Committee on civil society development issues, public and religious associations recommended the lower chamber of Parliament to pass the bill in the first reading.

The document equates the concept of «volunteerism» and «volunteering», defines the status of voluntary organisations, organisers of volunteer activities and volunteers, establishes requirements that must be met by such organizations and individuals.

The bill also defines the powers of authorities in the sphere of support and development of volunteer organizations. Provides for the approval of the regulations of interaction of Federal Executive authorities, Executive authorities of the constituent entities, bodies of local self-government, their subordinate state and municipal institutions and other organizations with volunteer organizations.

It is noted that the proposed changes will ensure a more clear communication between volunteers and organizers of volunteer activities, beneficiaries, public authorities and bodies of local self-government, to enhance legal protection of volunteers, who will receive additional guarantees.

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