15/12/2006 - Ukraine needs to urgently tackle corruption in political and judicial circles as part of a broad campaign to strengthen its fight against corruption, according to a new report by the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The report analyses the progress made by Ukraine to put in place the recommendations made by the OECD during their last review in 2004. Among its findings are:
The report also highlighted some progress made by the Ukrainian authorities. Anti-corruption training was organised for public officials. A number of agencies, including the police, security, customs and tax offices, strengthened their internal investigation mechanisms to detect and prosecute corruption. Money laundering legislation and institutions were strengthened. Steps were also taken to develop the system of internal and external financial control. New amendments to the law on public procurement were adopted as recent as 1 December 2006, and may remove important shortcomings in the old system; but the provisions are still be to carefully evaluated, including in regard of their implementation.
The report (with full assessment of progress and ratings to each recommendation) is available at the ACN web site www.oecd.org/corruption/acn. Like other countries, Ukraine will be invited to report on further steps to implement the recommendations at the following ACN meetings in 2007-2008.