The Draft Law “On the Business Ombudsman Institution in Ukraine” is to hit the VRU plenary floor on September 1, 2020

According to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine meetings schedule, the Draft Law No.3607 “On the Business Ombudsman Institution in Ukraine” is going to be considered at the plenary meeting tomorrow.
The Business Ombudsman Council (BOC) helps businesses, mostly small and medium-sized ones, to protect their rights before government agencies. Today, the BOC operates as an advisory body under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. However, adoption of the Law “On the Business Ombudsman Institution” is key for ensuring a continued effective office functioning. The law is necessary to enshrine the Business Ombudsman status in law and expand business protection opportunities. Upon the adoption of the Law, the Business Ombudsman Institution will receive the status of a non-governmental non-profit organization. We would like you to get familiarized with presentations “Why Do We Need the BOI’s Law” and “Frequently Asked Questions on the Draft Law “On the Business Ombudsman Institution”. 
Over 5 years of its operations, the BOC has considered over 7,000 complaints from businesses and helped entrepreneurs recover UAH 18.5 bn. For more information about BOC’s activities results, please refer to its reports: Annual 2019 Report and Quarterly Report for April-June 2020.
The BOC considers complaints of entrepreneurs in cases when state bodies:
•    Violate Ukrainian legislation
•    Put pressure on business
•    Try to get a bribe
•    Do not enforce final court decisions
•    Refuse giving permits and licenses
The adoption of the Law will be a positive signal for Ukrainian and foreign investors and will prove that Ukraine exploits all the available tools to protect ligitimate business rights.

Next news: Webinar "Business Moving Forward Fighting Corruption Effectively” jointly organised with the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) is taking place September 17.