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“Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices” (PRECOP RF)

 


The Russian authorities have expressed concern that corruption and bureaucratic pressure on business is one of the main causes which hinders national economic growth and development in the country. It has also been recognized that raiding practices are carried out with the participation of bureaucratic structures or individual officials interested in gaining control of a business. Through the joint project on the “Protection of the Entrepreneurs Rights in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices” - PRECOP RF - the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) in cooperation with the Business Ombudsman’s Office in the Russian Federation and other stakeholder institutions aims to facilitate and contribute to the implementation of mechanisms to prevent corrupt practices affecting the business sector in the Russian Federation. Specifically, the project will strengthen the capacity of the Business Ombudsman institutions and other authorities involved in protecting the rights of entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from corrupt practices.
The project on “Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices” is a joint action of the European Union and the Council of Europe. The project is implemented by the Council of Europe and has a foreseen length of 36 months starting from January 2013. The total amount of the budget is 1.3 million EUR jointly contributed by the EU Delegation in the Russian Federation and the Council of Europe.

Following are the expected results:
1) Institutions of regional and public Ombudsmen are informed about the role, objectives and competencies of the Ombudsman for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights under the President of the Russian Federation and international standards and practices of comparable institutions
2) Overview of good practices in CoE member-states and proposals for protecting whistle-blowers in the area of corruption are available
3) Proposals are available to strengthen measures to prevent the misuse of public authorities corporate in conflicts, eliminating competition and forced takeovers
4) Practice of pro bono legal assistance in the protection of the rights of entrepreneurs is expanded
5) Proposals are available on resolving systemic problems of entrepreneurship for the Experts’ Council under the Ombudsman for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights under the President of the Russian Federation
6) Awareness of the business community is raised with regard to the risks of infringement of entrepreneurial rights and possible methods for their protection
7) ECtHR-case law relevant to entrepreneurs rights and related corrupt practices is made available and disseminated


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Coming up soon:

Seminar on “Corruption risks and protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs”
(Ufa, Russian Federation, 17 February 2015)

Some 50 representatives of institutions from the Russian Federation, including representatives of the Office of the Federal Business Ombudsman, Offices of Regional Business Ombudsmen, local government agencies and business associations are expected to participate in the seminar on “Corruption Risks and protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs”, which will take place on 17 February 2015 in Ufa.
On this occasion, a handbook on “Corruption risks and Protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs” prepared by three Council of Europe experts will be presented and analysed. Following these discussions, the participants will develop a set of recommendations for further improvement of the protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation.
Special attention will be paid to the effective regional government policy on corruption counteraction and to the anti-corruption measures which are being successfully implemented at the government level in the Republic of Bashkortostan.


Training for regional ombudsmen and their staff on “Basics of the functioning of the business ombudsmen offices and anti-corruption concepts” (Ufa, Russian Federation, 18-19 February 2015)

The third training event for Regional Business Ombudsmen and their staff, based on a handbook developed specifically for this purpose within the PRECOP RF project, will take place in Ufa on 18-19 February 2015. The training will contribute to better understanding of the national and international anti-corruption standards, which is considered to be an important element for the improved performance of regional business ombudsmen.



Activities in the past:

Seminar on “Corruption risks and protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs”
(Kazan, Russian Federation, 28 January 2015)

Some 50 representatives of the Federal and Regional Business Ombudsmen offices, as well as local government agencies and local business associations participated in the seminar on “Corruption risks and protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs” which will take place on 28 January 2015 in Kazan.
This seminar will provide a venue for presenting and discussing the handbook on “Corruption risks and protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs”, prepared by Council of Europe experts. The participants are expected to come up with further recommendations for strengthening the protection mechanisms for entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation.
Furthermore, representatives from the regional government will offer a presentation on effective regional policy in the field of counteracting corruption and on anti-corruption measures implemented by the Republic of Tatarstan.


Training on “Good practices on anti-corruption and functioning of Regional Business Ombudsmen’s Offices”
(Kazan, Russian Federation, 29-30 January 2015)

The 2nd training for regional business ombudsmen and their staff based on the training material developed within the PRECOP RF project took place in Kazan on 29-30 January 2015.
The training aims at promoting a common approach and procedures in the organization and the functioning of the regional ombudsmen offices, to strengthen understanding on corruption matters and to contribute to the development of measures to counter corruption at the regional level.


Activities in the past:
2014
2013

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PROJECT DOCUMENTATION & DELIVERIES

Project Summary
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Description of Action (DoA)
Technical Papers 2013 / 2014

WORKPLAN/SCHEDULE

Workplan

REPORT / REFERENCES

Inception Report
  English / Russian

PHOTO GALLERY

2013

CONTACTS

PRECOP-Project

PRECOP website in Russian

PRECOP website in Russian