5 Risks of the Implementation of the Probation System in Ukraine

After the penal system reform in Ukraine, as in American serial movies, petty criminals can go back home without wristbands after the court. A new system of probation is being established for it: the system that allows a convicted person avoid the jail, but not the punishment for the crime. This system is widely used in the West and has already allowed reducing both the number of crime victims and the level of crimes. The same results are expected also in the Eastern Europe. Will Ukrainian probation system cope with such tasks and challenges? Won’t the convicted people who were freed from the jail become an additional burden on the law-enforcement bodies and distress for their families and neighbours? Valeri MacNerney, an international expert of the European Union project “Pravo-Justice” on the implementation of volunteer institute in probation and improvement of the cooperation with public organizations. Read more

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The procedure is important: what is the difference between obtaining permits in Ukraine and the EU

In Slovenia, queues for medical certificates are long gone. Different departments interact with each other, saving citizens’ time. Because the task of the state is to solve problems, not to create obstacles. Adoption of the Law “On Administrative Procedure” will ensure the provision of admin services in a simple and predictable procedure, will protect citizens and businesses from possible arbitrariness of officials. What is the difference in relationship between the state and citizens in Ukraine and the EU, read in the column by Gregor Virant, former Minister of Public Administration of Slovenia, key expert of the project “Support to Comprehensive Reform of Public Administration in Ukraine” (EU4PAR). Read more

EUAM ex-head on lack of reforms in SBU and need to depoliticize Prosecutor General’s Office

To hold the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine, which involves limiting its functions, demilitarization and depoliticization, Ukraine needs a new leadership that will start to introduce these changes. Similarly, the Prosecutor General’s Office should be headed by a prosecutor who does not represent any political force. How does the EU assess the progress of the reform of the law-enforcement system in Ukraine, and what further steps are needed, read in an interview with Kestutis Lancinskas, former head of the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine. Read more

EU help Ukraine fight unfair competition

For the first time the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has adopted clear rules for calculating fines. It also simplified the procedure for obtaining permission for mergers and acquisitions of companies, increased the financial threshold, above which businesses should apply to the AMCU for permission. This allowed to investigate more economically and socially important cases. Experts from the German and Lithuanian competition authorities consulted the Antimonopoly Committee on improving its work and aligning Ukrainian competition law with EU standards under the EU Twinning project. Read more about the new rules for protecting economic competition here. Read more