Statute of the Agency

Approved by the
RF Government Regulation
#397 of 30 July, 2004

(as amended
on 13.10.2008 N 753, 07.11.2008 N 814,
27.01.2009 N 43, 22.04.2009 N 354,
08.08.2009 N 649, 02.09.2009 N 716)

 

I. General provisions

1. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport (Roszheldor) is a federal executive authority responsible for implementation of national policy, provision of public services and management of public property in the sphere of railway transport; it’s also responsible for railway transport safety and security.
The Federal Agency for Railway Transport acts as the railway administration of the Russian Federation in regard of obligations established by international treaties signed by the Russian Federation; implementation of national policy, provision of public services and management of public property.

2. Federal Agency for Railway Transport is an agency of the RF Ministry of Transport.

3. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport acts in accordance with the RF Constitution, RF federal constitutional laws, RF federal laws, acts by the RF President and the RF Government, international treaties signed by the Russian Federation, acts by the RF Ministry of Transport, and this Statute.

4. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport operates directly, and through its regional offices, in coordination with other federal and regional executive authorities, local self-government agencies, public associations and other organisations.

 

II. Responsibilities

The Federal Agency for Railway Transport has the following specific responsibilities in its established sphere of competence:

5.1. in accordance with the RF laws, placing orders and awarding government contracts to supply various goods and services including R&D work, and other civil contracts as may be required by the Agency, and to meet public requirements in the Agency’s sphere of operations;
5.2. in accordance with, and within the limits established by federal laws, acts by the RF President and the RF Government, the Agency acts as the owner of federal property required to carry out the responsibilities of federal executive authorities in the sphere of responsibilities established by para. 1 of this Statute, including property handed over to federal state unitary enterprises, federal government enterprises and government bodies controlled by the Agency.

5.3. The Agency is also responsible for:

5.3.1. approving passenger train schedules;
5.3.2. within the limits of its responsibility, acting as the RF government agency responsible for transporting dangerous cargo by rail;
5.3.3. making lists of railway stations open for appropriate operations, and lists of relevant operations, on the basis of applications submitted by owners of public railway infrastructure;
5.3.4. making decisions to open railway stations to perform all or some of the operations, on the basis of proposals by owners of public railway infrastructure;
5.3.5. making decisions to open public rail tracks for full-time operation, on the basis of proposals by owners of public railway infrastructure who own such rail tracks;
5.3.6. making decisions to merge into public railway networks newly built or restored public or non-public rail tracks;
5.3.7. jointly with interested federal executive authorities, determining sea and river ports, automobile stations and airports – participants of integrated transportation networks;
5.3.8. making decisions to temporarily stop shipment of cargo and freight to certain railway destinations due to circumstances affecting carriers or public railway infrastructures and preventing such shipment, with immediate notification of the RF Ministry of Transport, the RF Government, the relevant carriers and public railway infrastructure owners according to established procedures;
5.3.9. determining periods during which transportation of cargo and freight will be stopped or limited due to force majeure such as war, blockades, epidemics or other circumstances outside of carriers’ or owners of public railway infrastructure control, preventing such transportation, with appropriate notification of carriers and owners of public railway infrastructure;
5.3.10. maintaining full accounting of rolling stock and shipping containers, by number;
5.3.11. according to established procedures, notifying organisations and users of railway transport services about decisions made by the Agency regarding its sphere of responsibility;
5.3.12. dealing with applications by owners of public railway infrastructure and non-public rail tracks regarding their interaction in the course of integrated technological operation of non-public rail tracks and junction railway stations, and making appropriate decisions;
5.3.13. accrediting organisations specialising in transport security and safety;
5.3.14. categorising transport infrastructure objects and rolling stock;
5.3.15. maintaining register of transport infrastructure and rolling stock, including relevant categorised objects;

5.4. The Agency is responsible for organising the following activities:

5.4.1. in accordance with the RF laws, compulsory certification of products, voluntary certification of services, accreditation of testing laboratories (centres), certification agencies and experts, and extending exploitation of rolling stock and railway transport equipment;
5.4.2. in accordance with the RF laws,, standardising and ensuring uniformity of measurements throughout the railway transport system;
5.4.3. in coordination with interested federal executive authorities, transporting military and special purpose personnel/cargo by rail;
5.4.4. settling accounts with foreign countries’ railway administrations;

5.5. the Agency commissions development of federal targeted programmes, R&D and innovation programmes and projects in the sphere of its responsibilities;
5.6. in accordance with established procedures, the Agency interacts with foreign government authorities and international organisations in the sphere of its responsibilities;
5.7. timely and adequately deals with verbal and written applications by individuals, makes appropriate decisions, and notifies applicants within the period established by the RF laws;
5.8. within the limits of its competence, ensures confidentiality of information classified as state secrets;
5.9. takes necessary steps to prepare for mobilisation, oversees and coordinates subordinate organisations’ efforts to prepare for mobilisation;
5.10. organises vocational training of Agency personnel, their upgrading and retraining;
5.11. in accordance with the RF law, collects, stores, maintains and uses archive documents generated in the course of the Agency’s activities;
5.12. acts as principal manager and recipient of federal budget appropriations to finance the Agency and its activities;
5.13. in accordance with established procedures, organises congresses, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and other events in the sphere of its responsibilities;

5.13.1. takes steps to support small and medium enterprises including implementation of appropriate departmental targeted programmes in the sphere of its responsibilities;
5.13.2. approves evaluation of transport infrastructure and rolling stock vulnerability, undertaken by specialised transport safety and security organisations;
5.13.3. approves plans to ensure safety and security of railway transport infrastructure and rolling stock;
5.14. performs other functions in the sphere of its responsibilities, in accordance with the RF federal laws and legal acts by the RF President or the RF Government.

6. To carry out its legal responsibilities, the Federal Agency for Railway Transport has the following rights:

6.1. right to request and receive, in accordance with established procedures, information it requires to make decisions in the sphere of its responsibilities;
6.2. right to interpret various issues in the sphere of its responsibilities to legal entities and individuals;
6.3. in accordance with established procedures, right to consult research and other organisations, individual experts on various issues in the sphere of its responsibilities;
6.4. right to establish consultative and expert bodies (councils, commissions, groups, collegiums) to deal with issues related with railway transport.

7. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport cannot issue bylaws or regulations in the sphere of its responsibilities, or perform overseeing and monitoring functions except in cases established by specific decrees by the RF President or regulations issued by the RF Government.
Limitations established by the first paragraph of this article do not apply to the Agency Head handling personnel-related and organisational issues of the Agency’s operations, and overseeing the work of the Agency.

 

III. Organisation of the Agency’s activities

8. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport is supervised by its Head appointed or replaced by the RF Government following a nomination by the RF Minister of Transport.
Head of the Federal Agency for Railway Transport is personally responsible for carrying out the Agency’s responsibilities.
Head of the Federal Agency for Railway Transport has deputies appointed or replaced by the RF Minister of Transport following a nomination by the Head of the Agency.
The number of deputies to Head of the Federal Agency for Railway Transport is determined by the RF Government.
9. Head of the Federal Agency for Railway Transport has the following responsibilities:

9.1. to allocate responsibilities between their deputies;
9.2. to prepare and present to the RF Minister of Transport the following:

9.2.1. draft Statute of the Agency;
9.2.2. proposals on staff numbers and wage fund for the Agency’s head office and regional offices;
9.2.3. proposals to appoint/replace deputy heads of the Agency;
9.2.4. proposals to appoint/replace heads of the Agency’s regional offices;
9.2.5. draft annual work plan and target operational figures for the Agency, and reports on their implementation;
9.2.6. proposals to award honorary titles and the RF State Rewards, Presidential Citations, Presidential Commendations to employees of the Agency’s head office, regional offices and organisations controlled by the Agency;

9.3. to approve staff structures of the Agency’s head office and regional offices;
9.4. to appoint and replace employees of the Agency’s head office;
9.5. in accordance with the RF laws, to deal with various issues related to exercising federal civil service at the Agency;
9.6. to approve staff structure for the Agency’s head office, within the limits established by the RF Government regarding staff number and wage fund, related expenses within relevant federal budget appropriations;
9.7. to approve staff structure for the Agency’s regional offices, within the limits established by the RF Government, and related expenses within relevant federal budget appropriations;
9.8. in accordance with established procedures, to appoint and replace heads of federal state unitary enterprises and federal government bodies; sign, make amendments to or cancel employment contracts with the said officials;
9.9. on the basis of, and to ensure implementation of the RF Constitution, RF federal constitutional laws, RF federal laws, acts by the RF President, the RF Government and the RF Ministry of Transport, to issue executive orders regarding matters in the sphere of the Agency’s responsibilities;

10. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport’s head office and regional offices are financed out of the RF federal budget.
11. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport is a legal entity with its own seal featuring the National Emblem of the Russian Federation and its name, as well as other officially approved seals, stamps and letterheads, and maintains its own bank accounts opened in accordance with the RF laws.
12. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport has its own heraldic symbols: an emblem, a flag and a pennant approved according to the established procedures.
13. The Federal Agency for Railway Transport is located in the City of Moscow.