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.
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.
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.
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.
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
On September 30th, 2016 the new Law “On Constitutional Court of Ukraine” for the new constitutional provisions regarding constitutional justice was supposed to be implemented. Unfortunately, it is not. One can understand the delay in implementation of the new provisions on the Constitutional Court Law, if there is a search for optimal legislative provisions to overcome the crisis of constitutional justice. This either is not in place.
What is really happening? Read the article by the Project manager of the Center of Constitutional Law, Julia Kyrychenko for the “Rakurs” publication.
In a special issue of Inside Ukraine: «Ukraine in 2016: Achievements and Challenges” experts and analysts of the International Centre for Policy Studies carried out a final review of the such sectors of politics and economy of Ukraine, as: process of decision-making in the context of the implementation of the reforms in 2016, economic trends and forecast in 2017, an analysis of risks and opportunities for the political situation in 2017 and the end results of Ukraine’s foreign policy in 2016
On December 14th representatives of Civil Network OPORA presented the results of a nationwide publicity index measuring local governance in Ukraine. The object of monitoring traditionally were municipalities of all regional centers of Ukraine (except Donetsk and Lugansk). According to the results of the monitoring it can be stated that during the last three years a positive dynamics of growth of publicity is seen among local governments and local public servants. Index overviews the cities with high levels of publicity and determined the successes and shortcomings of local government councils.