Lesya Shutko, the analyst of the Centre of Political and Legal Reforms (CPLR), has released an article “Inventive Femida, or How To Avoid Lustration”. The expert analyzes the activity of “Ukrainian Femida” (judiciary) that enables the judges who are involved in the illegal activity against the participants of Euromaydan and Automaydan to escape from their responsibility and lustration, which is especially necessary for the prosecutors of Yanukovych`s regime. 

As notes the expert, this process causes social indignance. Generally, Lesya Shutko observes two major ways, how is it possible to escape from the the legal responsiblity and lustration on the part of judges and prosecutors. This happens thanks to the Higher administrative cort of Ukraine and some prosecutors who can deliberately misinterpret the law of Ukraine.

Civil organization “European Dialogue” has carried out a research “Forming of Territorial Communities in Ukraine in 2015”. The study analyzes the processes of voluntary creation of the territorial communities in Ukraine.

According to the study, development of the local governance in Ukraine occurs mostly only on the regional level. It happens because the vast majority of the territorial communities are not capable of  proper performance because of their poor material conditions. As an outcome, the system of local governance does not actually correspond to the needs of Ukrainian society.

Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies has released a fresh issue of the Ukraine Digest “Prism UA” #5.

In this issue:

  • Ukraine is developing but the need of support remains high;
  • Visa liberalisation as an effective instrument to support the reforms;
  • Europe`s energy security challenges: current situation and prospects up to 2020.

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Аndrii Krupnyk, the head of the All-Ukrainian NGO “Association for Community Self-Organization Assistance” has released fresh analytical material  “Dеcentralization begins from everyone!”. The article scrutinizes the current state of decentralization and gives an overview of the amendments which are necessary for decentralization.

«Current decentralization reform has nothing in common with the traditional expectations of Ukrainian society that someone will come and sort out all the problems. On the contrary, it makes communities to be resposible for the ongoing life and encourages them to engage actively in the changing of their life”, claims the expert.

Andriy Bychenko, Director of Sociological Service of the Razumkov Centre, presented the findings of a recent research. It analyzed how the Ukrainians perceive potential risks to national security.

According to the survey, 30% of Ukrainians consider internal threats more dangerous for the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine than external ones. Of all the internal threats, corruption ranks first.

“On a scale of 0 to 10, among various internal and external threats, corruption got the highest average score – 8.54, and among the external ones it got 7.67,” notes Director of Sociological Service of the Razumkov Centre Andriy Bychenko.

Victor Tymoshchuk, an expert in the field of constitutional law at the Centre of Political and Legal Reforms (CPLR), has released an article  “Reform of Public Administration – Second Chance for the President and Parliament”. It analyzes a bill about public administration, which is of utmost importance for reformation process in Ukraine, and its support among the MEPs.

Ukrainian society has a week to explain Mr. Poroshenko and deputies that without keeping up to the simple rules Ukraine can not live, said Victor Tymoshchuk. He makes such remarks because on the 26th November Verkhovna Rada failed to adopt the law abput public administration reformation.

The activists of the civic movement CHESNO have released a new analytical material “Fortune Telling on the Elections Finances: What the Financial Reports Can Tell About”.  It analyzes the financial reports of the parties in the local elections campaign on 25 November.

According to the results of the analysis by CHESNO, only in the centres of oblasts and capital, political parties spent more than 350 mln UAH. 80% of all expenses were made in Kyiv. However, this figure might not be correct because no financial report had been submitted in the 7 regions.
However, such “fortune telling” on the elections finances might soon disappear, note the analysts of CHESNO. Last Friday the bill on political finances was adopted. According to it, all political parties should make detailed reports about their incomes and expenses, basically, each financial transaction. 
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Oleksii Sydorchuk, policy analyst of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, has released a new policy brief “Decentralization Reform in Ukraine: Prospects and Challenges”. There he analyzed the current state of the decentralization reform in Ukraine and assessed what the government of Ukraine should do to fully implement the reform.

The policy brief tackles the following questions:

  • What Ukrainian government has achieved in terms of the decentralization reform so far?
  • What are the future prospects of the reforms?
  • How could the EU help Ukraine in implementing the reform?

According to the observation of the local elections in Cities of Mariupol and Krasnoarmiisk, civil network OPORA has published “Statement on Observation Results of 29 November 2015 Regular Local Elections in Cities of Mariupol and Krasnoarmiisk, Donetsk Oblast”.

The recent newsletter of the Razumkov Centre includes the articles and opinions of Centre`s experts about the most important issues in the internal and external affairs of Ukraine. 

In this newsletter:

  • Escalation in Donbas may be caused by termination of the Minsk Agreements;
  • Inefficient judiciary still hinders business practices in Ukraine;
  • Russian occupation of Crimea caused significant losses to the Ukraine`s mining industry.

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