The Council of Europe project on “Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices at the Municipal Level” - PRECOP II held a training on risk-based approach to inspections for representatives of business associations and small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on 30-31 October 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation. The activity was the first in a series of trainings on this topic and brought together over 35 participants: representatives of the business community from 7 PRECOP II pilot regions, including the host region of Arkhangelsk, as well as representatives of regional and municipal inspection authorities, such as the prosecutor’s office, Rospotrebnadzor, regional construction inspection, veterinary control, Emercom, tax service, and the offices of Regional Business Ombudspersons.
The aim of the training was to enhance the capacities of business associations and SMEs to comply with new Russian legislation regulating inspections and efficiently cooperate with inspection authorities on introduction and application of risk-based approach to inspections in line with applicable international guidance and good practices.
The training was a combination of presentations, group work, discussions on practical exercises and case studies specifically developed by Council of Europe experts. The training allowed the participants to learn about the latest developments in the field of inspections with a special focus on risk-based approach at international and national levels, to explore efficient measures of corruption prevention based on the best international and Russian practices and to exchange experience and practices on mitigation of corruption risks and improvement of business performance via compliance promotion.