With the war in Eastern Ukraine showing no signs of stopping, Ukrainian producers are facing a new economic challenge. The reduction of exports to Russia has made tapping into the EU market more crucial than ever before. Read more
Andrej Plenković, a Croatian Member of the European Parliament, is the Head of the European Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee. This new body has been established under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and provides a forum for communication between the European Parliament (EP) and the Verkhovna Rada.
Ukraine’s system of social services remains among the most critical issues of public policy in the country. More social challenges have arisen as a result of the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine and volunteers, despite their huge effort, are not always enough to tackle these complex problems. Read more
For the first time Ukraine commemorated the International Anti-corruption day on December 9 with a number of important achievements: the parliament approved an anti-corruption package of laws and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau is to be created next soon. The EU was one lobbying these changes providing substantial financial support for reforms implementation. In her interview Tatiana Kovtun, sector manager of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, is sharing views on how the EU is evaluating these steps. Read more
The Ukrainian public procurement sector requires immediate and substantial reforms. A significant amount of Ukrainian taxpayers’ money has been wasted on non-transparent and unjust public procurement tenders. Changes inspired by EU standards can introduce more transparency in the sector and can radically reduce the impact of conflicts of interest, privileged players, and overpricing in tender procedures. Read more