How do parliamentary parties spend state funding?

For two years now, as the six lucky parties that passed to the parliament in 2014 are able to get several dozens or even hundreds of millions of hryvnias a year from the state budget. According to the Eidos Center, which is an executor of the EU project on informing citizens about political parties’ financing, due to state financing, the amount of parliamentary parties’ expenses increased 16.5 times compared with 2016. How do they utilize the money and what is included in the list of favourite spending of parliamentary parties? Read more

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Where do parliamentary parties get funds to fill their budgets

Before the 2019 election, most of the political forces accumulate their financial and human resources, replenish their cash from available sources, and prepare for a low start to storm the 9th convocation of the parliament. According to the Eidos Center, which is an executor of the EU project on informing citizens about political parties’ financing, the state currently provides over 98% of parliamentary parties’ funds. Find out which parties are funded by taxpayers. Read more

Damir Site, Pravo-Justice EC Project Expert: Your legal procedure has inherent loopholes for avoiding enforcement of judgments

Judgment is worth nothing if it is not enforced. Therefore, the reform in the judgment enforcement system is no less important than all innovations related to ensuring an access to high-quality justice. Due to the increasing motivation of public enforcement officers and launching institute of private enforcement officers, the situation has changed significantly over the past year. Read more

Will Verkhovna Rada become modern European-style parliament?

Since 2014, MPs have registered around 6,000 bills, 90% of which have not been passed into laws. “Legislative spam”, populism and corruption have led to the lowest level of trust in parliament among citizens of other European countries – only 5%. What has been done to rectify the situation and what else needs to be done by lawmakers and the parliamentary administration. To read an interview with Jonathan Murphy, Project Manager, EU-UNDP Rada za Evropu.  Read more

Wheale and Dobidovska: Only Businesses Can Ensure Food Safety

Ukraine is now adapting its food safety system to the realities of the market economy and European norms. We talked to Tony Wheale, the team leader of the EU-funded ‘Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine’ project, and Yana Dobidovska, the project’s deputy team leader, about the differences between the old and new systems, changes already accomplished, and the way forward. Here are the highlights of our conversation. Read more