On May 31st, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with representatives of the business community to discuss a range or problems facing private business in Russia. Among those present was the President of the largest Russian cement Holding Eurocement Group, Mikhail Skorokhod.
According to the news from Eurocement Group, the meeting covered issues ranging from problems of pricing of electricity for energy-intensive companies, and measures of state support of the enterprises of various industries, including support for exports of Russian products. The news told of special attention being paid to ensuring valid product certification, which has been of growing concern for business people where compliance is concerned. Fraudulent certificates, and the enforcement of certification were at the head of topics addressed by Mr. Medvedev.
At the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister promised that the government and the law enforcement agencies will deal with companies involved in phony certification of Russian goods and products.He went on to say:
"We cannot take a single decision on how to disable them, otherwise we would have done this years ago. But if you have a list of reaccreditation, those who claim these pseudolites you from industry, from business enterprises prepare and give it to the government."
In March the government of the Russian Federation introduced a mechanism of mandatory certification of cement. According to the nonprofit organization "SOYUZCEMENT" in the period from March to April of this year, 55 cement producers, including Russia, Belarus and Turkey, 313 received certificates of conformity of quality of cement products. The Ministry of industry and trade of the Russian Federation expects that mandatory certification will solve the problem of safety and quality of imported cement to be supplied in Russia taking into account the climatic conditions and requirements of the Russian standards.