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GORKI, March 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian government will make proposals on the establishment of a national lobbying institution by December 1, Presidential Administration Head Sergei Ivanov said after the Tuesday meeting of the Anti-Corruption Council. He said the directive was given by the national anti-corruption plan signed by the president on Tuesday.
“There is a big difference between lobbying and corruption,” he said, citing as a positive example professional lobbying in the United States. Ivanov thinks that the national lobbying institution would help an improvement of the investment climate in the country.
The national anti-corruption plan for 2012-2013 signed on Tuesday binds the Economic Development Ministry, the Justice Ministry and other federal power bodies “to discuss the mechanism of formation of the national lobbying institution with various social groups.”
“Based on the discussion, practices of other states and recommendations from international organizations, proposals will be made before December 1, 2012, on the formation of the national lobbying institution to the Presidium of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Council,” the document said.