On 24 June 2019, within the framework of the project “Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices at the Municipal Level” – PRECOP II, the Council of Europe held an interactive training on “Implementation of mechanism of confidential reporting corruption by entrepreneurs” in Petrozavodsk. This was the first activity in a series of trainings aimed at strengthening the capacities of the Regional Business Ombudspersons with regard to the institutions’ ability to effectively take forward entrepreneurs’ complaints about corruption.
The training was attended by over 35 representatives of the Federal and Regional Business Ombudspersons’ offices from six pilot regions of the project – Republic of Karelia (the host region of the activity), Stavropol Krai, Republic of Tatarstan, Republic of Bashkortostan, Kursk, Arkhangelsk regions as well as the representatives regional authorities, business and civil society organizations of the Republic of Karelia, including representatives of regional Prosecutor’s office, Ministry of Economic Development and Industry and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Karelia. The training was also attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.
Opening remarks were delivered by Ms Elena Gnetova, Business Ombudsperson of Republic of Karelia; Mr Dmitry Rodionov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Karelia on economic issues; Mr Igor Korzenkov, Head of Office of the Federal Ombudsperson for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs; and Ms Ekaterina Gorbatova, Senior Adviser of the Department of European Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The Council of Europe was represented by the Head of the Council of Europe Programme Office in the Russian Federation Mr Petr Sich. The speakers stressed the importance of practical and research work in the field of preventing corruption, which will provide favorable conditions for the support and development of entrepreneurship.
The training was a combination of presentations, classroom discussions and group work on practical exercises and case studies. It allowed the participants to learn about the legislative framework in the Russian Federation on corruption reporting, along with international instruments and good practices as well as to obtain practical knowledge on the process of application of the mechanism for confidential reporting of corruption by entrepreneurs developed as a part of the project in close consultation and cooperation with the key stakeholders.