The Council of Europe within the framework of PRECOP II project held a training on “Good governance practices and measures to prevent corruption in procurement process at municipal level in the Russian Federation” on 27-28 February 2019 in Ufa, Russian Federation. The activity was organised in cooperation with the Office of the Business Ombudsperson of the Republic of Bashkortostan and was the second one in a series of trainings aimed at enhancing capacities of regional and municipal authorities in the prevention of corruption in procurement process in line with applicable international standards and good practices.
The event brought together over 40 practitioners from 4 pilot regions of the project – representatives of business ombudspersons’ offices, regional and municipal authorities dealing with procurement, law enforcement agencies, as well as representatives of business. The participants were trained by the Council of Europe experts to identify typical corruption schemes and red flags in the procurement process and to implement efficient preventive measures based on international and Russian practices, using materials specifically developed for these trainings.
Corruption in procurement remains a crucial issue in Russia and an important focus area for PRECOP II efforts as shortcomings can be found both in regulation and practice. The training participants analysed cases of typical corrupt practices as identified through the earlier study conducted by the project in pilot regions, shared experience and discussed various aspects of implementation of Russian legislation on procurement and relevant international good practices.