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05.04.2013

An Anti-Corruption Programme for the record

   

Early this week Transparency International Ukraine warned that the 2011-2015 State Anti-Corruption Programme worth 820 million UAH is virtually not being implemented, with it getting an assessment right now of 2.7 out of 5.

There were supposed to be 135 anti-corruption measures from the anti-corruption programme from 2011 to 2012.  . 

More than 95% of the programme, which is one of the most expensive of all state programmes, is earmarked for creating an electronic system within the Health Ministry for medical forms. Transparency points out that this is not directly related to fighting corruption, and notes that the document also contains a number of mistakes and misprints making its implementation impossible.  Anti-corruption measures at local level are not envisaged at all.

The problem with non-implementation is that there isn’t a great deal new to say.  Most of the complaints about this programme have been made before. 

On 6 March Transparency International in Ukraine and other NGOs held a public protest over the lack of any progress with the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and State Programme on Preventing and Countering Corruption.

Those bearing personal responsibility are supposed to be the Prime Minister and Justice Minister – Oleksandr Lavrynovych (designated the coordinator of the State anti-corruption programme) as well as Andriy Klyuev, Executive Secretary of the National Anti-Corruption Committee under the President.

Civic experts in this field have just presented the results of their monitoring at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption.

They demonstrated specific miscalculations in the following:

Improving the system for use of State property and public funding;

Preventative measures against increase in the shadow economy;

Reduction in administrative pressure on businesses;

Reduction in the level of corruption in the law enforcement; medical; land; educational; tax and customs spheres

Oleksy Khmara, Head of Transparency International in Ukraine, calls on the President to take the situation under his personal control.  The next urgent need, he says, is for the State programme to be updated, and cosmetic changes are not enough. 

Image from http://fri.com.ua

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