Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ukraine remains Europe's most corrupt country | Business New Europe

Ukraine remains Europe's most corrupt country, and one of the most corrupt countries in the world, according to the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by international NGO Transparency International.

The rating shows almost no improvement with the situation before a revolution promising a crackdown on corruption was victorious in February 2014. Ukraine now takes 142th place out of 175 in the world, one up from 2013. "Despite the façade of change, Ukraine continues to tread water," said Oleksii Khmara, Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine.

According to Khmara, there has been "hardly noticeable progress in destruction of corruption schemes that remained after all the previous ruling regimes since Ukraine became independent," despite the ousting of former president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, who the opposition accused of corruption. Khmara noted that the post-Yanukovych government had adopted certain laws and declared reforms, but this was "not enough".

Following fresh elections on October 26, Ukraine's parliament voted in a new government on December 2 with an explicitly anti-corruption mandate. Three foreign experts were given ministerial posts in the new cabinet, in the hope that this will reduce corruption.

New health minister Aleksandr Kvitashvili, the former health minister of Georgia who took Ukrainian citizenship on December 2, promised "an entirely new system of state procurement for the government health service”, in comments to press following his appointment. New Lithuanian economy minister Aivaras Abromavicius said he would sack most of his ministry officials and that the government would proceed transparently in a European fashion.

But even on such a hopeful day, the spectre of corruption loomed over the government. A prominent Western journalist blogged that "over the period of the last 12 hours three people independent of each other have written to me to complain of corruption linked to [prime minister Arseny] Yatsenyuk, two of them were foreign investors, with considerable experience of the country."

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