Regional Investment Standard is the key project of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives on the creation of favorable conditions for doing business in the regions.
The Standard includes 15 best investment practices used by more economically successful regions. The Russian Federation Government Order of 10 April 2014 №570-r approved the list of indicators to assess efficiency of the high officials’ activity (heads of the highest executive bodies of state power) of the Russian Federation entities on the creation of favorable conditions for doing business (up to 2018). The main components of the Regional Investment Standard and the assessment of the efficient implementation of these components by the business society are one of the indicators of the above pointed assessment.
In order to implement the Regional Investment Standard one created the Expert Group for the assessment of the implementation of the Standard sections. The structure of the Expert Group and its head are approved by the ASI Order. The structure of the ASI Expert Group includes the representatives of the business community of the region, as well as the representatives of the regional business public organizations.
In May 2014 the procedure on the Regional Investment Standard implementation was finished, all Standard sections passed the departmental and informative assessment. The Agency for Strategic Initiatives acknowledged that all requirements of the Regional Investment Standard in the Vologda Region were met.
Now the efficiency of the Standard sections implementation is annually monitored.
1. Adoption of the Vologda Region Investment Strategy by the highest bodies of state power of the Russian Federation entity
The investment policy strategy is a part of the Socio-Economic Development Strategy of the Vologda Region up to the year 2020
2. Forming and annual renewal of the Plan for the creation of investment and infrastructure objects in the region
The Plan for the creation of investment and infrastructure objectswas formed in the region and is annually updated.
For the visual representation of the information there has been created an interactive investment map of the Vologda Region
с with the marked infrastructure objects on it.
3. Annual message of the highest official of the Russian Federation entity “Investment climate and investment policy of the Russian Federation entity”
Every year the Governor addresses to the members of the regional legislative and executive bodies, local authorities, business representatives and members of the public associations of entrepreneurs with an annual message about the investment climate in the Vologda Region.
4. Adoption of the regulatory act (regulatory acts) of the Russian Federation entities on the defense of investor rights and the mechanisms of investment activity support.
The state support of the investment activity in the territory of the region is realized in the limits of the Vologda Region law № 3046-OZ of 08.05.2013 “On state regulation of the investment activity being realized in the form of capital investments in the territory of the Vologda Region and on amendments into certain laws of the region.”
By the Vologda Region law of 30.05.2013 № 3053-OZ “On the commissioner for the protection of entrepreneurs' rights in the Vologda Region” there is the procedure for dealing with complaints of the business entities, the rights and legitimate interests of which were violated in the region, against the decisions and acts (or omissions) of the Vologda Region state power, the territorial bodies of the Federal executive authorities, local authorities, other bodies, organizations entitled by the Federal laws with certain state or other public functions, authorities violating rights and legitimate interests of applicants.
5. Council for investment climate improvement
In order to raise the efficiency of the Region investment policy and to develop the public-private partnership the Governor's Investment Council operates, the Regulation on the Council was approved (The decision of the Vologda Region Governor of 22.01.2010 №18).
The Council is composed from the representatives of the legislative and executive bodies of the Region, investors, representatives of business and expert society. http://www.invest35.ru/investment-climate/investsovet/index.php
6. Specialized organization (organizations) on investment attraction and work with investors.
Vologda Region Development Corporation is a regional development institution which facilitates to realize investment projects and attract investments into the region http://www.invest35.ru/
7. Available infrastructure for the location of the production or other facilities of investors (industrial parks, technological parks)
In the region for investors there were established the industrial parks Sheksna and Sokol provided with transport, energy, engineering and other infrastructural facilities http://www.invest35.ru/investors-and-business/industrial-parks/, similar areas are developing at the municipal level: in Cherepovez – Cherepovets Industrial Park, in Vologda – industrial parkshttp://proekt.vologda-portal.ru/promyshlennye-parki-goroda-vologdy
Инфраструктура поддержки малого и среднего предпринимательства представлена БУ ВО «Бизнес-инкубатор» http://www.smb35.ru/ and the Autonomous Noncommercial Organization Regional Center for Entrepreneurship Support of the Vologda Region http://rcpp35.ru/
8. The mechanisms of professional training and retraining on the specialties corresponding to the investment strategy of the region and the needs of investors
Annually in the region one forms the Forecast of the regional labor market needs and the social demand for the training of qualified workers and employees, based on the economic growth tasks determined with the Vologda Region Socio-Economic Development Strategy and based on the forecast of the socio-economic development of the region, as well as planned newly established workplaces on the investment projects.
There is a regional vocational-guidance portal Compass-PRO, which is an informative, educational and methodical resource for the occupational orientation of students and young people of the Vologda Region. http://viro-profportal.edu.ru
9. Creation of the specialized bilingual Internet-portal devoted to the investment activity in the entity of the Russian Federation
The web-site of Vologda Region Development Corporation is an investment portal of the Vologda Region. The site operates in 3 languages (Russian, English, German) http://www.invest35.ru
10. Unified regulation on investment projects support on the “one window” principle in the Russian Federation entity.
There was approved the Regulation on the support of the investment projects being implemented and (or) being planned to implement in the territory of the Vologda Region on the “one window” principle http://www.invest35.ru/uploads/doc/Prikaz1.pdf
The investment projects support is realized by Vologda Region Development Corporation in the mode of one window.
11. Adoption of the Vologda Region Investment Declaration by the highest official of the Russian Federation entity
There was approved the Investment Declaration of the Vologda Region (Governor Order of 12.10.2012 №547), where the main principles of interaction of regional authorities with the entities of entrepreneurial and investment activity are determined http://www.invest35.ru/investment-climate/investment_declaration/
12. Adoption of the normative act regulating the procedure of regulatory impact assessment of the accepted and being accepted normative legal acts relating to business activity
The regulatory impact assessment is restricted by the Vologda Region law of 11.12.2013 № 3225-OZ “On assessment of the regulation impact of the projects of the normative legal acts and expertise of the normative legal acts” and by the Vologda Region Government Order of 30.12.2013 № 1429 “On certain issues of the realization of the Region law “On assessment of the regulation impact of the projects of the normative legal acts and expertise of the normative legal acts”.
13. System of education, increase and assessment of competence of the officials of the specialized public authorities of the Russian Federation entities and specialized organizations on investment attraction and work with investors
In the correspondence with the current legislation in the region there is the system of education and increase of the competence of the state civil servants, municipal servants and employees of the specialized organizations on investment attraction and work with investors. The trainings of investment commissioners are carried out.
14. Inclusion of the representatives from energy resources consumers into the structure of the executive body of the Russian Federation entity in the state regulation sphere of the Regional Energy Commission (the REC) tariffs and creation of the collegiate deliberative body at the REC including the representatives from business society
The Order of the Vologda Region REC of 13 May №91-07 founded the Public Council at the Vologda Region REC, the approved the Regulation on the Public Council. The REC Order of 28 June 2013 №168-07 “On approval of the Public Council structure at the Oblast REC” approved the Council structure. The Public Council consists of 10 people, including the representatives of the business society http://www.vologdarec.ru/publsovet.
With regard to the union of the Vologda Region REC with the Department of Fuel and Energy Complex of the Region, the corresponding amendments are being made into the normative legal acts.
15. Direct connection channel (channels) between investors and the government of the Russian Federation entity for prompt solution of problems and issues in the process of investment activity
To provide direct and prompt connection of investors with the regional government there was created Web-Based Office of the Governor. Visitors can log in on the home pages of the Governor site
http://www.okuvshinnikov.ru and the Vologda Region Government site http://www.vologda-oblast.ru.
There are active accounts and pages of the Governor on all public social networks (Facebook, VKontakte, Livejournal, Twitter).