This study addresses one of the most important issues of the current political debate in not only Ukraine, but also the world, namely the relation between money and politics. The author of the paper, Oleksii Sydorchuk, a political analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, has taken a thorough look at existing shortcomings and challenges of the new model and practices of political finance and has come up with a number of recommendations.

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The Civl Network „OPORA“ interviewed 50 long-term observers who worked during the first elections in united territorial communities  of Ukraine to determine the quality of work of precinct election commission (PEC) members . They found out that the main reasons of mistakes and violations by PEC members was  irresponsible attitude to their duties, insufficient knowledge or inability to apply it in practice.

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Electronic petitions as a democratic mechanism of interaction between government and society is currently practiced in more than 70 countries around the world. Ukraine introduced this mechanism just over a year ago. The Association for Community Self-Organization Assistance reviewed the state of implementation of and the first experience with e-petitions in 22 regional centers of Ukraine. Attention to these cities is not accidental. Among all the communities in Ukraine they have the greatest potential for successful use of e-petitions, so their experience is exemplary.

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Freedom of assembly plays a special role in Ukraine. Since independence, the country has seen massive demonstrations and violent suppression by authorities. The Euromaidan protests, which represent the tragic culmination of this recent history, brought a breakthrough in a citizen’s right to assemble freely.

Experts from the Centre of Policy and Legal Reforms Roman Kuybida and Maksym Sereda jointly with the Democracy Reporting International (Germany) look at the long-lasting gap in terms of clear legal framework for the conduct of peaceful assemblies in Ukraine, respective court decisions and recent attempts to clarify the constitutional guarantees to assemble freely.

Since the start of 2016 European companies started to increase the number of flights to Ukraine and expand their geography. This is despite the fact that three years ago Ukrainian passanger aviation was caught in a deep crisis. Data journalism agency TEXTY explains what is the secret of success and which challenges are ahead.

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The report prepared by the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform highlights the issues on the political parties willingness to implement a new law on the political parties financing; comprehensiveness of relevant legislation; the political parties statements on property, income, expenses and financial obligations, powers of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) and other supervisory bodies and their interactions concerning the political party financing as well as applying sanctions for violations of the law on the political parties financing.

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On the 19th of January the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine claimed that the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) once again ignored its remarks on the procedure for audit of electronic declarations of officials and politicians. In this regard, the Ministry of Justice refused to register documents developed by NAPC without which NAPC cannot start checking e-declarations.

Political analyst of Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation Oleksii Sydorchuk puts forward several factors indicating that the supposed conflict between the Ministry of Justice and the NAPC might be in fact a well-orchestrated game to postpone the audit of declarations. He also notes what may facilitate the beginning of qualitative and timely audits of electronic declarations.

Last year was crucial for the launch of a full-scale judicial reform in Ukraine. Will it become successful and justice fair and effective? It will be know later this year. The chances for success are very high. Although the risks are also serious.

Roman Kuybida, Board member of the Center of Policy and Legal Reform, explained what Ukrainians are to expect from the judicial reform in 2017. The Supreme Court, anti-corruption courts, electronic Grand jury, etc – in the article of the expert.

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Experts of the Center for Political and Legal Reforms Alexander Banchuk and Boris Malyshev commented on the competition criteria and the selection process for the position. They pointed out that the public does not know either stages, or regulations, or results of the selection committee and that the future Head of the National Police risks becoming a political hostage of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

 

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Data Journalism Agency TEXTY prepared a selection of best visual materials and articles in 2016, which included analytics of parliamentary elections voting, statistics of public procurement and the introduction of electronic declaration system

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