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The Majilis adopted a law banning entry into the country for terrorists and extremists

Astana, February 14, House of the Mazhilis. Today, at the plenary session of the Mazhilis, deputies adopted in the second reading a law on improving legislation in the field of population migration and the penal correction system, and also ratified an agreement on mutual recognition of documents on academic degrees in the EAEU countries.

Secretary of the Committee on Legislation and Judicial and Legal Reform Magerram Magerramov said that the amendments on improving legislation in the field of population migration and the penal correction system provide for four main provisions.

– The procedure for the implementation of state control over compliance with legislation in the field of migration is determined. Foreigners convicted of crimes against the sexual integrity of minors are restricted from entering our country and acquiring citizenship of Kazakhstan. Foreigners involved in extremist or terrorist activities are prohibited from entering the country. The issue of the use of expired documents in emergency situations is regulated," the head of the working group explained

Recall that in the first reading, the bill was approved by the Mazhilis in April 2022. During the work on it, the deputies introduced a number of amendments aimed at improving the procedure for granting the status of "kandas", admission to citizenship of Kazakhstan and restoration in it, as well as providing an opportunity for migrant workers to obtain a work permit for any period from one to twelve months and extend it without having to leave the country. As part of the amendments, the right of migrants from labor-surplus to labor-deficient regions to receive agricultural land plots out of competition and other benefits is also secured.

– In addition, a norm has been introduced on the introduction of criminal liability for the deliberate destruction of video surveillance systems in institutions of the penal correction system. In this regard, the title of the draft law has been changed to: "On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on improving legislation in the areas of population migration and the penal enforcement system," Magerram Magerramov informed.

Following the results of the vote, the deputies adopted the law in the second reading and sent it to the Senate for further consideration.

The Mazhilis also ratified the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Documents on Academic Degrees in the member States of the Eurasian Economic Union, signed on June 8, 2023 in Sochi. The document was presented to the deputies by the Minister of Science and Higher Education Sayasat Nurbek. He explained that the provisions of the agreement provide for the automatic recognition of academic degrees of Doctor, Candidate of Sciences and PhD of citizens of the EAEU countries when they continue their work in the territory of the member states.

– Previously, for the recognition of documents on academic degrees, it was required to carry out procedures for the recognition of educational documents established by the legislation of the state of employment. The agreement proposes to recognize documents on academic degrees without conducting national recognition procedures," the head of the EOM explained.

Speaking with a co-report, Daulet Mukaev, a member of the Committee on Socio-Cultural Development, stressed that the agreement not only strengthens educational and scientific ties, but also facilitates the mobility of qualified specialists, thereby increasing integration and cooperation in the Eurasian region.

In addition, the relevant committees of the Mazhilis have adopted a draft law on improving safe working conditions and protecting the labor rights of employees, as well as amendments to the Law "On Responsible Treatment of Animals". The draft Water Code with accompanying amendments on the protection and use of water resources was transferred from the Committee on Ecology and Nature Management to the Committee on Agrarian Issues.

The plenary session also considered the early termination of the powers of the deputy of the Mazhilis Madi Takiev. Last week, he was appointed finance minister in the renewed Government. Tatyana Savelieva was elected Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee instead.

Aituar Koshmambetov became the new majilisman from the Republica party faction. Today, he took the oath of office as a deputy of the Mazhilis and was elected to the Committee on Economic Reform and Regional Development.

At the end of the plenary session, the Mazhilismen sent 20 deputy requests to the responsible state bodies on topical social and economic topics. All of them are available on the official website and Telegram channel of the Mazhilis.


The press service of the Mazhilis - 24-38-22. Photo by J. Zhumabekova, T. Tanybaeva

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