Contents tagged with reforms

  • US State Department Envoy called on Ukraine to create an anti-corruption court

    Ukraine needs to create an anti-corruption court in addition to fulfilling the requirements for obtaining the next tranche of the International Monetary Fund's loan, as stated by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "We were pleased to see that a number of very important reform laws have been adopted in Ukraine but much remains to be done. The efforts on establishing an Anti-Corruption Court should continue," he said.

    Mitchell …

  • G7 ambassadors call on Ukrainian Parliament to make electoral reforms

    Ambassadors from the Group of 7 (The US, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Canada and Japan) released a statement calling on the Verkhovna Rada to make electoral reforms at least a year before the next elections.

    “We applaud the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the adoption on the first reading of the draft of Electoral Code No. 3112-1. We are of one opinion that the time has come to carry out electoral reform, in order to ensure at least a year for its implementation before the 2019 elections,” the …

  • Ukrainian activists planning mass demonstrations to demand broad political reform

    On September 20 at 14:15 at Independence Square in Kyiv, the preparation for an All-Ukrainian public action will begin in support of broad political reforms, including changes in electoral rules, lifting limitations on parliamentary immunity, and the creation of an anti-corruption court, as announced by the People's Deputy from the Petro Poroshenko political bloc, Mustafa Nayem, on his Facebook page.

    The demonstrations will take place in the capital and all regional centers of Ukraine on …

  • Head of EU delegation to Ukraine: There still exist oligarchs in Ukraine who try to usurp the reforms process

    The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, Hugues Mingarelli said during a conference on Tuesday in Kyiv that there still exist oligarchs in Ukraine who try to usurp the reforms process “daily,” Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “The power of the oligarchs cannot be stronger than three years ago but, nevertheless, they oppose the reform process daily. They try to undermine it in all sectors. Every time the reformist decisions are made, there is an attempt to emasculate these reforms …

  • EU allocates Ukraine €10 million for reform of state administration

    The European Union allocated Ukraine the first tranche amounting to €10 million in the context of the EU program to “support a thorough reform of the state administration in Ukraine”, the press service of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers reported.

    The European partners noted that they highly appreciate the government’s efforts to reform the state administration, and noted the presence of a political will to implement these changes,” the report states.

    The report notes that at the government …

  • EU demands three more reforms from Kyiv

    In 2017, Ukraine will have to implement three more reforms stipulated by the Association Agreement with the European Union, as reported by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European Integration, Olena Zerkal, in an interview with Yevropeyska Pravda.

    "The Association Agreement specifies the key points which have already passed. For example, as for the technical regulation, we need to start negotiations with the ACAA (Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of …

  • The law 'On the High Council of Justice' came into force in Ukraine

    The idea for the High Council of Justice surfaced in Ukraine on September 30th, and it was considered a significant judicial reform for the country. However, the law "On the High Council of Justice" came into force on Thursday, January 5th. According to this law, the High Council of Justice (CHJ), which is a constitutional body of judicial self-government permanently operating to ensure the independence of judicial power, has to be created within 20 days through the reorganization of the …

  • Groysman: Decentralization has been one of the most successful system reforms in Ukraine

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, discussed the implementation of decentralization in Ukraine as one of the most important reforms needed for the development of the country, on Sunday at a conference with members of the Association of Cities of Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "Decentralization is a step towards the development of the regions because the people have the resources and they will start to resolve the existing problems … only through decentralization and the …

  • Ukrainian government plans broad customs reform

    During a meeting of the National Reforms Council, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, stated that the Ukrainian government will introduce a strategy for reforming the Ukrainian customs policy, to start from January 1, 2017, reported Telegraf.

    “We will submit proposals to the National Reforms Council to approve the strategy for the reform of Ukrainian customs, and we would like this large-scale process to start on January 1, 2017,” Groysman said.

    Earlier, it was reported that …

  • OECD calls on Ukraine to speed up anti-corruption reforms

    In a recent report published on its website, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) called for Ukraine to speed up the implementation of anti-corruption reforms.

    The organization recommends that Ukraine remove obstacles that impede effective implementation of electronic declaration.

    It is reported that OECD will continue to closely monitor the implementation of this recommendation during the next monitoring round regarding Ukraine, which began in October 2016. …