Ukraine’s fight against corruption

On 10 July 2018, on the occasion of the EU-Ukraine Summit, the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels (UTTLOB) organised a meeting with Ukrainian experts in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Michael Gahler, Standing Rapporteur for Ukraine, to discuss anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine. Ms Rebecca Harms, MEP and Chair of the EURONEST Committee, as well as Mr Dariusz Rosati, Chair of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, both members of the “Friends of Ukraine” informal group in the European Parliament, were also present during the meeting.

The discussion built upon Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting’s (IER) report Ukraine’s Fight against Corruption: the Economic Front – Economic Assessment of Anticorruption Measures Implemented between 2014 and 2017. The report provides an analysis of the Ukrainian government’s main anti-corruption measures in sectors where corruption was traditionally considered as Ukraine’s “calling card” (such as gas and public procurement), and of the economic benefits they generated consequently.

Ihor Burakovskyi, Head of the IER Board and UTTLOB (Science Editor of the report) provided participating MEPs and EU experts with an overview of the report, and a free discussion followed, during which the participants were able to reflect on the document, share their views on the topic, and discuss results of the EU – Ukraine Summit of 9 July 2018.

“Reforms in Ukraine haven’t reached the point of no return yet, and it is very important to consolidate them at the earliest, especially ahead of the coming Presidential and Parliamentary elections this year”, said Ihor Burakovskyi.

Following the meeting with MEPs and EU experts, Ihor Burakovskyi had the opportunity to meet with members of the Support Group for Ukraine, in the European Commission, where he presented the mentioned report as well as IER’s recent analysis and assessment of EU’s assistance towards Ukraine.