Kessler: The audit of NABU might be conducted just as a reason to dismiss the bureau head

Giovanni Kessler, the current Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has 12 years of struggles against the Sicilian mafia behind him. In addition, he has extensive experience conducting anti-corruption work with other international and national structures, including the Italian Parliament.

Kessler is also well-known in Ukraine, due in large part to his membership on the selection board for the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Read more

EU diplomat: Ukraine’s public administration needs new talent

The reform of Ukraine’s public service is one of the most important parts of the country’s on-going transformation. It is difficult to have economic and social systems working efficiently without a modern and competent civil service. Ukraine’s system of public administration, however, has many obsolete structures and functions, and extremely low salaries make the public service uncompetitive as an employer on the national labour market. Read more

Johannes Hahn urges the new government to continue reforms

April 20-21, Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, visited Kyiv. He met with President Poroshenko and newly-appointed Prime Minister Groysman. The commissioner stressed the importance of Ukrainian government institutions undertaking coordinated efforts to meet the reforms necessary for the establishment of a visa-free regime with the EU. Hahn expressed his hope for a quick decision on the part of the European Parliament and EU Council to change the relevant EU legislation to enable Ukrainians visit the EU without visas. Read more

«Іmproved public procurement regulations in Ukraine can reduce corruption»

State aid and public procurement system reform is extremely important for Ukraine, particularly for the successful implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union and other commitments in the context of European integration. We talked with the team-leader of the EU funded project, “Harmonisation of the procurement system in Ukraine with EU standards,” Eugene Stewart, about the current situation. Read more

EU expert: Ukraine’s progress on anti-corruption delayed

The fight against corruption is one of the most important reforms required of Ukraine to move closer to EU membership. It is one of the key elements of the State-Building Contract (a package of reforms backed by €355 million in EU support). Other even more significant incentives, such as several-billion euros of macro-financial assistance and the creation of a visa-free regime, also depend on anti-corruption achievements in Ukraine and particularly on the efficiency and independence of the newly-created National Anti-Corruption Bureau and a soon-to-be established National Corruption Prevention Agency. Read more