Anti-corruption units for the record
The Cabinet of Ministers has adopted Standard Provisions for anti-corruption units to be formed in all executive bodies which will however answer to the heads of those bodies making the point of the exercis rather questionable
Another nail in the coffin of private enterprise in Ukraine
The government is proposing to create yet another controlling body. Small business owners complain that all the checks cost them too much, while consumers do not feel any particular benefit from the work of the state regulatory bodies
Ukraine falls 11 places in global competitiveness rating
The drop in its position is seen in most areas identified, but most of all with respect to macroeconomic stability. The report warns that in the absence of reforms the situation will get even worse
Ukraine world leader for number of taxes
Liga.net reports that according to the World Bank’s Doing Business rating, Ukraine has the highest rate of taxes in the world with the average Ukraine business paying 28 types of tax a year.
Miners forced to begin major protest – for their wages
Miners from Pervomaisk in the Luhansk oblast on 21 August began a protest march, initially to Luhansk, under the banner “Donbas, Rise from your knees!” They’re owed 8 million UAH
Cushioned for Life
Ekonomichna Pravda has published details about social benefits and pensions in Ukraine which show that former MPs receive a pension 10.5 times higher than the average for the country. A former judge’s pension is five times higher
Journalist corruption investigations can force authorities to watch their step
Oleksy Shalaisky, Editor of the public spending watchdog Nashi Hroshi [ Our Money] says that journalist investigations do lead to corrupt set ups and machinations being terminated.
Parliamentarians’ secrecy regarding income given judicial OK
The District Administrative Court in Kyiv, under Judge Arina Lytvynova, upheld the refusal by the Verkhovna Rada Office to provide members of the public with copies of MPs’ income declarations
Even milked down attempt to reign in MPs’ appetites shelved
The authors propose removing the right to free travel on public transport (minimal cost and largely theoretical), but have changed their mind about fining MPs for missing parliamentary sessions or committee meetings without good reason
Vast majority say corruption has increased a lot over last two years
According to Transparency International’s Coordinator for Post-Soviet Countries, Ukraine’s government is fighting corruption in word alone. She says that it has not undertaken any serious reform in recent years and simply makes promises which the public has stopped believing.
Ukrainian Mines becoming even more dangerous
The State Industrial Inspectorate has seen a sharp increase in the number of safety infringements on mines, with private mines, including those owned by Akhmetov, which are profit-making being the worst offenders
PACE unimpressed by Ukraine’s efforts to fight corruption
Mailis Reps, the author of the Resolution told the Deutsche Welle Ukrainian Service that although Yanukovych made the fight against corruption one of the slogans in his presidential campaign, there has been no particular progress over the last few years.
Parliament refuses to reduce President’s and own perks
On Tuesday the Verkhovna Rada was unable to cancel lifelong pay, State dachas and medical care for former Heads of State; the perks previously received by Verkhovna Rada Speakers; or restrict MPs’ pension benefit
The Minimalist Approach to Fighting Corruption
On Tuesday Ukraine’s parliament adopted a law on implementing State anti-corruption policy, and rejected two draft bills aimed at strengthening that same anti-corruption policy
President’s Administration pays rent to shadowy firm behind Mezhyhirya
During 2012 the President’s Administration paid 100 thousand UAH to Tantalit - a firm believed to have links with the Yanukovych family - for renting an office for Viktor Yanukovych in the latter’s sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya.
Those in power declare modest earnings, flaunt expensive watches
Oleksy Khmara from Transparency International in Ukraine believes the President’s "royalties" for non-existent publicaitons, as well as the entire business of Yanukovych’s elder son may be about trying to legalize income
“Travelling parliament” laws get Presidential OK
The President’s decision to sign the laws comes after a number of commentators, including the head of Transparency International Ukraine were entirely blunt about the consequences of this travelling show for Ukraine’s dismal record on fighting corruption
Anti-corruption measures don’t apply to most corrupt areas
The Justice Ministry has stated that the losses from corruption last year came to nearly 1.8 billion UAH. Experts believe that the real figures are many times greater and point to the inadequate anti-corruption legislation
Strictly confidential corruption
Justice Minister Lavrynovych has defended the secret nature of the Unified State Register of Persons Guilty of Corruption Offences making it just about as useful a weapon against corruption as the inactive National Anti-Corruption Commission under the President
High Court sees no problem with travelling opposition-less parliament
The High Administrative Court on Friday has found that the “Verkhovna Rada” which held a meeting on 4 April on Bankova St and not in the Verkhovna Rada buildings to which opposition MPs were not admitted was able to pass laws