No funding for anti-corruption measures – or any sign of them
During the year a group of NGOs investigated how measures from the anti-corruption programme were being carried out. On 28 November they announced their conclusion – that the programme exists only on paper.
Ukraine has worst corruption rate in Europe
In Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index for 2012 scores lower than 5.0 indicate that a country’s citizens see the country and its officials as highly corrupt. Ukraine’s score was 2.6, one down from 2011
Urban population getting poorer
For the fourth year in a row there has been a narrowing of the divide in terms of poverty between city and rural area. This, unfortunately, is because people in urban areas are becoming poorer
Kharkiv Chornobyl clean-up workers begin indefinite protest
They are demanding payment of their pensions as per the law on victims of the Chornobyl Disaster and withdrawal of the draft Social Code of Ukraine registered in parliament
Chornobyl clean-up workers begin indefinite protest in Luhansk
Around 100 former Chornobyl clean-up workers have set up a tent camp outside the Luhansk Regional State Administration. They are protesting against a reduction in social benefits.
Ukrainians owed almost a billion UAH in wage arrears
Wage arrears in Ukraine increased in July by 2.5% as against June, amounting to 986 million UAH. According to the State Statistical Administration, since the beginning of 2012 the rate has not changed, while it states that over the last year it decreased by 15.8%.
The Richest in Ukraine get most social concessions
“The 10% of the poorest Ukrainians get 2% of the system of benefits, while the 10% who are most well-up get 22%”.
European Commission concerned by new law on public procurement
Spokesperson Peter Stano says that the amendments “do not comply with the future Association Agreement and international principles. Ukrainian analysts believe that the money from public procurement could be used to support the ruling party at the elections
Only NGO representative leaves President’s “anti-corruption” body in protest
Oleksy Khmara, Head of TORO, the contact group for Transparency International in Ukraine. has announced his resignation from the National Anti-Corruption Committee under the President
No money for the courts anywhere – except Donetsk
In 2012 tenders have already been held for 11.75 million UAH for repairs to Donetsk courts. No other region in the country has received similar funding for repairs to local courts.
Carte Blanche for corruption receives final go-ahead
President Yanukovych has signed a law which removes huge amounts of public funding from the tender process and therefore from the public eye. In so doing he ignored repeated warnings from civic organizations regarding the green light this would give corruption.
Ukrainians could lose any control over public procurement
“If the President signs this draft bill, that means he will give his blessing to corruption in Ukraine. There will be no need for any anti-corruption bodies then. There will be nothing to monitor, corruption will be legalized”.
“National Anti-Corruption Committee” to lose its only NGO representative
The Head of TORO, Transparency International’s contact group, Oleksy Khmara has warned that he is suspending his engagement in both the National Anti-Corruption Committee and another committee under the President, since neither they nor the President are doing anything
President urged to reject law fuelling corruption with public procurement
TORO, the contact group for Transparency International in Ukraine has called on the President to refuse to sign a law allowing corruption with tenders.
More victims of police protection of illegal mining
The latest tragedy involving illegal mines took place during the night of 12 July with two men from Krasny Luch receiving burns to 90% of their body and burns to the respiratory tract. They died on 16 July, largely because neither men had families able to ensure they received vital medication.
Law passed making most public procurement secret
In the midst of conflict over the language law effectively making Russian a de facto official language, the ruling majority has succeeded in massively reducing public control on how taxpayers’ money is spent..
Elusive court orders, tangible gap in pensioners’ income
On 5 July the Head of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group Public Advice Centre Ludmila Klochko and KHPG Consultant on Housing Issues Mykhailo Hayevsky gave a press conference to highlight certain worrying rights infringements.
Chornobyl clean-up workers planning large-scale protests in the autumn
Former Chornobyl clean-up workers are planning to uphold their right to a decent life and say that it is only through indefinite protest actions that they will be able to have impact on the authorities
Money for drinking water used for officials’ mineral water?
Shocking results from an Accounting Chamber of Ukraine audit on implementation (or lack of implementation) of a programme for ensuring clean drinking water