#Commentary of Vyacheslav Tikhonenkov on lack of necessity to coordinate work schedule of trade organizations with local administrations

Under subparagraph “b”, paragraph 7, part 2, article 9 of the Law “About basic principle of state regulation of trading activity, food service sector and consumer services”, economic entities themselves determine working regime with mandatory prior notification of local governance when organizing and implementing trading activity, with the exceptions established by law.

In accordance with Article 12, paragraph 1, Law 12, the working regime of trade, public catering and consumer service enterprises is coordinated with the local government in order to ensure the uninterrupted supplies of goods to population, respect the rule of law and interests of citizens.

Part 2 of the same Article stipulates that in case the economic entity, which carries out retail trade, provides catering and consumer services, makes a decision to switch to round-the-clock work schedule, such a decision should be agreed with local authorities.

Therefore, the Law clearly establishes that the economic entities, which carry out retail trade, are under obligation to harmonise exclusively round-the-clock work schedule with local government bodies. In all other cases, the economic entities notify local government about work schedule.

As for the economic entities, which provide catering and consumer services, Article 9 of the Law does not apply to these areas of activity, but it should be noted that Parts 1 and 5 of Article 12 oblige the economic entities to obtain the approval of local government bodies in case of the introduction of around-the-clock work.

In view of the foregoing, the economic entities, which provide catering and consumer services, are under obligation to harmonise exclusively round-the-clock work schedule with local government bodies. The notification of a local government body about a chosen work schedule does not rule out the necessity to comply with other legislative acts, in particular the acts on the imposition of curfew in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Vyacheslav Tikhonenkov, the DPR People’s Council deputy

The Chairman of the People’s Council’s Committee on Industry and Commerce

The official website of the DPR People’s Council

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