The Federation Council approved the law on the powers of the RAS

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Senators approved on Friday submitted to the Parliament by the President of the Russian Federation law, clarifying the objectives of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), its main objectives, functions and powers.

The objectives of the RAS the law considers the forecasting of the main directions of scientific, scientific-technological and socio-economic development of Russia, as well as the scientific and methodological guidance scientific and technical activities scientific and educational organizations of higher education.

In addition, the objectives of the Academy include construction funded with appropriations from the Federal budget for fundamental research and exploratory research, including implemented in the defence sector in the interests of defense and security of the state, as well as the development of the program of fundamental scientific research in Russia for the long term and its representation to the government.

The law, furthermore, clarifies the provisions of the act relating to the submission of the RAS’s annual report to the President and the government of the Russian Federation, and also details the function of the Academy in international cooperation in the field of scientific and scientific-technical activities.

The new rule also provides for the participation of RAS in the organization and support of scientific and educational activities. In addition, in order to ensure the organization’s engagement with organs of state power provides for «the right of RAS to send to the state authorities of the Russian Federation proposals on the development of legislation and on matters related to the activities of ran, and to hold specified public hearings».

It is established that the decisions on reorganization, liquidation, change of type of organization, transferred to the Federal Executive authority, specially authorized by the RF government, the amendments to the statutes in carrying out scientific and (or) scientifically-technical activity, on approval of the statutes in the new edition these organizations are accepted by agreement with the Russian Academy of Sciences. Provides clarification of certain provisions of law relating to the appointment of heads of such organizations.