Ukrainian Politics, Economics

 Transparency International on Corruption Level in Ukraine: It is a Disgrace for the Nation

According to the corruption perception index 2012, Ukraine ranks 144th out of 176 countries in the study.

According to the Transparency International website, Ukraine scored only 26 points out of a possible 100. The lower the score, the closer a country is to corruption abyss.

Any result less than 30 points, in terms of Transparency International, is "a disgrace to the nation," states in the press release of the organization.

Ukraine's last year figure was 27 points (2.3 points under the old methodology).

The score of 26 points was also achieved by Syria, Papua New Guinea, Congo, Eritrea.

Things are a little better, i.e. 27 points in Kenya, Pakistan and Nigeria. Russia scored 28 points.

The top positions with 90 points are taken by Denmark, Finland and New Zealand. The worst situation is in Somalia which has received only 8 points.

The most important factors in the growth of corruption, according to experts of Transparency International are the inactivity of the National Anti-Corruption Committee to the President.

"The establishment which has the most authority in the field of coordination of anti-corruption has not had a session in a year. The State program of fighting corruption costs no more than the paper on which it is printed. Funds for the implementation of state anti-corruption program in 2011-2012 have not been allocated," says the press release.

"The changes in the law on public procurement have placed tens of billions of public funds into the grey area. Citizens are practically deprived of the right for information on procurement conducted for the people's money", emphasized the Transparency International.

To address the issue Transparency International proposes to resume the work of the National Anti-Corruption Committee to the President, finance and carry out the State program for prevention and fighting corruption.

Also, the organization finds it necessary to provide free access to information on public procurement, to publish information from the Unified State Register of persons prosecuted for corruption for which a review of law "On the protection of personal data" provision is necessary.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n226088