The Federal Law On Parliamentary Control establishes the main objectives, principles and forms of parliamentary control that can be practiced by the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the chambers’ committees and commissions, members of the Council of Federation, State Duma deputies, the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.
The Federal Law systemises the consolidation of parliamentary control into legislative forms and stipulates its new forms.
The amendments made by the Federal Constitutional Law On the Government of the Russian Federation pertain, in particular, to engaging members of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to work with governmental commissions on investigating the causes of emergency situations and overcoming their consequences, as well as obligatory reports by members of the Government at meetings of the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on issues of an extreme nature.
Amendments to the Federal Law On Parliamentary Investigation by the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation are aimed at increasing its efficacy, taking into account the regulations of the Federal Law On Parliamentary Control.
The Federal Law introduces additional grounds for parliamentary investigation, such as flagrant violation of financial discipline in carrying out the provisions of the federal budget or the budgets of Russia’s extra-budgetary state funds, the inefficient expenditure of federal budgetary funds and state extra-budgetary funds, or the inefficient management and administration of federal property.
The Federal Law also introduces several specifications into the procedure for initiating a parliamentary investigation.