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    MOSCOW, March 9, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - President Vladimir Putin has reformed 1 ministry, 4 state committees, 1 federal commission, 2 federal services, 4 federal agencies and 3 committees.

    Under a relative presidential decree, the following agencies underwent the reform:

    The tax ministry was transformed into a federal tax service. The ministry's duties to draft relevant laws and carry out explanatory work on tax laws were passed over to the finance ministry.

    The state committee on standardisation and metrology was transformed into a technical regulation and metrology service;

    The Goskomstat state statistics committee became the federal service of state statistics. Some of Goskomstat functions were passed over to the economic development and trade ministry.

    The state construction and utilities sector committee was transformed into a federal agency for construction and the utilities sector, while some of the committee's functions were attached to the industry and energy ministry, and the federal technological supervision service.

    The state customs committee was renamed the federal customs service, while some of its former functions went to the economic development ministry.

    The federal energy commission was renamed the federal service on tariffs, with some of its functions having been transferred to the economic development ministry. The new service will be setting tariffs, the duty that formerly lied with the now abolished anti-trust ministry's and the economic development ministry's responsibility.

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