Denouncing corruption in Ukraine is a lucrative trade. Fighting corruption is not. The ubiquitous recommendation given to Ukrainian civic society to “kick out all the corrupt officials” is difficult to implement in practice. The story of one anti-corruption institution, the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC), shows what stands behind the words “Ukraine is making slow progress in tackling corruption,” and what it takes for civic society to not give up.
Monthly Archive: March 2016
Index for Monitoring Reforms (iMoRe) from VoxUkraine aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of reform efforts by Ukraine’s authorities. The Index is based on expert assessments of changes in the regulatory environment in five areas. The current issue included two long-awaited laws – on the improvement of the privatization process and the law on electronic asset declaration of public servants. Nonetheless, despite these positive developments, on March 7-20, Index for Monitoring Reforms slid from +1.4 to +1.2 points (possible range from -5.0 to +5.0), since overall pace of reforms remains weak.
Efficient career self-management allows people to unlock their potential and find better job matches, thus likely raising output and welfare. However, while in some countries career guidance is an inherent element of the school curriculum (for example in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany), in Ukraine school-level career planning is less developed. In this column, the author analyzes the level of career planning in Ukraine and suggests steps which can reduce youth unemployment.
The currently ongoing reforms in Ukraine are hindered by internal enemies and obstacles, as well as by Moscow’s “hybrid war” against Kyiv. Given the scale, complexity and challenges of the Ukrainian transformation project, its intermediate results are not unimpressive, yet still far from sustainable and successful. Ukraine’s slowly advancing Europeanisation is, sooner or later, going to affect the whole post-Soviet space via demonstration and diffusion effects. To support it further, Western states and organizations should cooperate more closely with Ukrainian politicians, bureaucrats, experts and activists who are backing the reforms.
VoxUkraine conducted a survey to find out the opinion of bankers on capital controls introduced at the end of 2014 – beginning of 2015. The main conclusion is that there is no unanimity among bankers about these restrictions. However, the number of responses is very limited, so results should be treated with caution.
Index for Monitoring Reforms (iMoRe) from VoxUkraine aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of reform efforts by Ukraine’s authorities. The Index is based on expert assessments of changes in the regulatory environment in five areas. Index for Monitoring Reforms remained at +1.4 points in late February – early March. Most notable among them were the approval of the election procedure for supervisory board members of state-owned banks, the laws of the “visa-free package”, establishment of transparent procedures for VAT recovery, abolition of restrictions on the virtual reverse gas flow and outdated sanitary norms. Unfortunately, there was also an anti-reform – a change to the electoral law that allows exclusion of candidates from the electoral list after the elections.
After the Russo-Georgian war in 2008, Daniel Treisman said Ukraine would be next in line, with Crimea as a likely flashpoint. In his view, Georgia was a case of Russian imperialism and it is a matter of time when such a thing would happen once again. However the central question of today’s Ukrainian situation is why the front line stopped where it stopped.