On 25 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 the workshop on “Strengthening legislation regulating inspection and supervision activities at the federal and municipal levels in the Russian Federation” in Petrozavodsk. It was the third and last workshop in a series of activities dedicated to reviewing the regulatory framework in the field of inspections, analysing its impact on Russian businesses and providing recommendations for improvement. The Council of Europe experts presented the updated Technical Paper on the overview of the Russian legislation and its practical implementation, including its analysis vis-à-vis international standards and good practices.
Welcoming speeches were delivered by the Business Ombudsperson of the Republic of Karelia Mrs. Elena Gnetova, Head of Office of the Federal Ombudsperson for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs Mr. Igor Korzenkov, , Senior Adviser of the Department of European Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mrs. Ekaterina Gorbatova and Head of Political Section, Delegation of the European Union to Russia Mr Mirko Kruppa and also the Head of the Programme Office of the Council of Europe in the Russian Federation Mr. Petr Sich.
Over 50 participants representing Federal and Regional Business Ombudspersons’ offices, federal authorities involved in the reform process, regional inspections authorities and lawyers and business associations took part in the workshop. They discussed the latest developments in the ongoing reform process, including the new draft laws on inspections and on mandatory requirements, and contributed to better tailoring legal and policy recommendations to the country context.