The federal law fails to define the criteria and parameters for the assessment of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre’s effectiveness in the economic, social and scientific spheres. The law does not fill the existing gaps in the Russian legislation with regard to intellectual property rights regulation and does not address the needs of innovative companies. At the same time, the status of the existing science towns is abolished.
In addition, the law grants the Skolkovo Innovation Centre management company the right to approve urban planning and design standards and identify the list of necessary planning permits and authorisations and construction phases, which is called into question. In line with Russian legislation, this function is the responsibility of relevant state agencies and local authorities.
The President believes that the shortcomings identified in the federal law need to be addressed.