Medvedev proposes to establish lobbyism in Russia
MOSCOW, March 13 - RAPSI. President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Economic Development Ministry and Justice Ministry to consider establishing a lobbyism institution together with other interested governmental bodies.
Medvedev ordered the ministries to make proposals regarding the lobbyism institution to the presidium of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Committee by December 1, 2012.
The proposals should be discussed with public organizations and be based on international experience and recommendations, he said.
In some countries, such as the United States, the president added, the lobbyism institution is regulated by law and lobbying activities are monitored by the government.
Medvedev also ordered the Economic Development Ministry to hold a seminar dedicated to lobbying activities regulation and organization by August 1.
The president also instructed the ministry to engage the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Russian governmental services, scientists, public organizations, industrialists and businessmen in the seminar.