The state Duma Committee recommended the adoption of the second reading of the draft on volunteering

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The state Duma Committee on civil society development issues, public and religious associations at the meeting on Thursday recommended to approve in the second reading the draft law on the status of volunteer organizations with a number of amendments, one of which relates to volunteer activities of the Church.

The bill, in particular, defines the powers of authorities in the sphere of support and development of volunteer organizations.

«We specifically made the amendment that religious organizations may, along with all other organisers of volunteer activities will also be supported by the government in the framework of state programs», — told reporters the head of the Committee Sergei Gavrilov.

He stressed that in accordance with the amendment of the law, if adopted, will not affect the liturgical activities of religious organizations.

«We believe that this is a function of the separation of Church and state in the field of liturgical activities. But in no way disadvantaged social mission of the Church», — said the head of the Committee.

The document also calls 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. Addition 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.