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Combating corruption in Ukraine – the beginning of a long march
Combating corruption in Ukraine – the beginning of a long march

Author(s): Marta Jaroszewicz, Piotr Żochowski
Subject(s): Politics, Civil Society, Governance, Geopolitics, Corruption - Transparency - Anti-Corruption
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: corruption; Ukraine
Summary/Abstract: From a public opinion point of view, corruption has been the gravest problem of today’s Ukraine, excepting the armed conflict in the east of the country. The government might be able to delay certain key reforms such as the constitutional reform or the reform of local government structures, however, without stepping up measures to combat corruption they would face the risk of losing social support which has already been weak. There is no single strategy for combating corruption in Ukraine. What has been implemented is a series of often contradictory concepts and actions (initiated by the president’s office, the government, civil society institutions, or launched to meet the requirements of donors). The successes of the new government have included efforts aimed at fighting corruption at the middle level of government and the introduction of legislative changes in compliance with international practice. The main weaknesses, on the other hand, have been the lack of efficient mechanisms to implement the adopted legislation to ensure that an individual charged with corruption (regardless of political connections) could be effectively tried and the money received as bribery could be returned to the state. Similarly, the judiciary system has not been prepared to actively handle corruption cases.

  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English