Parliament
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Democracy in any country requires a strong parliament. We define a democratic parliament by reference to universal values ​​that parliaments should follow. Democratic parliament should represent the political will and social diversity of the population, and to be effective in their legislative and nadzorniy functions at both the country and internationally. Critical to the Parliament as to be transparent, accessible and accountable to the citizens he represents.
30.04.2015
Lesia Shevchenko

A cheap play on reforms and mutual support was staged for Ukrainian politics. The real fight for the director’s position goes on behind the scenes and no one is allowed to watch that.

17.04.2015
Lesia Shevchenko

Today, the State remains the key barrier to better Ukraine. Bureaucrats in the government offices try to impede the reforms by all means

05.03.2015
Lesya Shevchenko

Open Society Foundation President Lesya Shevchenko commented on the intermediate stage of the Parliament coalition for ‘Novoe Vremya’ blog.

24.01.2015

The basic, for the construction and development of territories, Law "On regulation of urban development" may repeat the fate of the US Constitution - the "body" of the law will be smaller than the amendments. The new parliament has been actively lobbying for amendments to the basic law of urban development for continued practice of land fraud or as it is called, "sharing" the land without approved planning documentation, legalization of illegal and unauthorized construction.

19.12.2014

The analysis of the document demonstrates that the rich are not willing to share the burden with the poor. The preliminary estimates suggest the 25:2:0.008 ratio in reducing the budget expenditures, i.e. 92.5% of tightening the country’s belt falls on the general population, 7.5% of the share falls on the officials and only a few hundredths of a percent fall on the oligarchs.

15.12.2014

The coalition agreement is of the higher quality than the campaign agendas of political the parties composing the coalition. However, 50% of the agreement signatories’ promises were not reflected in the document.

07.11.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The winter people's revolution hasput an end to an autocratic regimein Ukraine. Yet, ithas paradoxically shifted the politics in the country to the single denominator. The competition of thepolitical programs and the alternatives hasended, and the flow of new ideas hasexhausted. The personalities and political brands have finally settled on the political throne taking the citizens' choice away from the area of rationality and pragmatism.

22.10.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The Parliament failed to implement theMaidan demands. The system’s resistance has eventually recovered. The democratic parliamentary factions have focused on the political races and pushed the Maidan tasks and their own agendas in the background.

21.10.2014
Ivan Sikora

Along with the fight against corruption, decentralizationis the second most popular promise of political parties that have a chance to overcome the 5% barrier. Decentralization is, above all, about the authority, resources and responsibility of the officials for specific delegated powers.

26.09.2014

Politicians and bureaucrats at the highest positions often arethe mere servants for theshady cashflows of billions of hryvnias. Time and againthey seek to control these flowsor create the new ones. The anti-corruption reforms are supposed to block the shady flows and dismantle the rent-based political system rather than create the new anti-corruption monster. Unfortunately, none of the existing legislative meets this condition adequately.

16.09.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The lustration experience in Central and Eastern Europe suggested that political dividends may outweigh the immediate managerial benefits.

04.09.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

Lustration cannot serve as the only anti-corruption tool. In that case it turns into mere populism and is used to gain the voters’ support.

09.08.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The new version of the procurement law adopted April had not stopped the efforts to use the legislative regulation of public procurement for lobbying narrow interests.

08.08.2014
Ivan Sikora

10 to 50 million of hryvnias are issued annually to support the statutory activities of public organizations of people with disabilities. This amount varies due to certain political or economic trends.

31.07.2014

Last week events reflected the new balance of power among Ukraine's oligarchs and their willingness to sacrifice (to a greater or lesser extent) profits. Everyone has to pay up for the economic crisis and ongoing war. The cost, however, depends on the new configuration in parliament and balance among the oligarchs. How much will ordinary people pay? What about the Ukrainian oligarchs? Which oligarch will pay more and why? Was there no alternative draft law but the one adopted today, considering consultations with various interest groups?

21.07.2014
Ivan Sikora and Olexander Babanin

How to employ more than 640 thousand people with disabilities and effectively spend UAH 1 billion? The right to work is enshrined in Article 43 of the Constitution of Ukraine. Yet, it is not equally available to everyone. Millions of Ukrainians are unsuccessfully trying to get a job. For people with disabilities the life is even harder. Most of the doors in our country remain closed for them.

11.07.2014
Ivan Sikora and Olexander Babanin

The war for talent goes on worldwide. Educated and hardworking people are the basis of prosperity for any nation state. Training in the best institutions provides more career opportunities. It costs more, too. However, in order to invest in education students and their parents need to understand what they are paying for. The new law created the new rules for evaluating the real cost for services in higher education.

06.07.2014
Lesya Shevchenko

The parliamentarians again suggested the constructs, composed of fuzzy rules of the basic law referring to "the acts of the Cabinet of Ministers" and "procedures established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine"... this suggests the lobbyists of various support schemes for certain companies will again receive formal approval from the Antimonopoly Committee, but no one will properly analyze the impact of such support on the competition.

30.06.2014
Oleskander Babanin and Ivan Sikora

Millions of students and their parents, who are about to enter the labour market, are expecting fundamental changes in the education system. In fact, higher education system, just like the other areas, needs its own Revolution of Dignity.

28.04.2014
Oles Lisnychuk

The activities of the Party of Regions for the last two months included the evasion of the responsibility, inert position, focus on the group interests, desire for revenge and broadcast of the Russian messages. All these will unavoidably bring the party to the bottom of impassable 5% barrier in snap parliamentary elections.

07.04.2014

In less than 3 months the representative of the new government of Ukraine has recognized the correctness of estimates of Ukrainian budget expenditures made previously by ‘Open Society’ Foundation.

16.02.2014

‘Dzerkalo Tyzhnya’ newspaper as of 14 February 2014 published the ‘Open Society’ Foundation’s article on Ukraine’s national budget. The article titled “The Budget Code of Ukraine: Financial Constitution or the Vinaigrette of Whims?” revealed inefficient parliamentary fiscal policies and explained why the Budget Code had frequently been a subject for change.

30.01.2014

On January 31st, 2014, Ukrainian newspaper “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” published an article titled “The Naked King – 2”, analyzing parliamentary parties’ promises to increase financial self-sufficiency of Ukrainian regions and reduce their dependence on the central budget. The article resulted from the monitoring parliamentary political parties in Verkhovna Rada of 7th convocation. The monitoring was done by “Open Society” Foundation with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy, USA (NED).

14.01.2014

At the press-conference on 15 January 2014 experts on fiscal and economic policy Denis Chernikov (Laboratory for Legislative Initiatives) and Ivan Sikora (Open Society Foundation) made a presentation on estimation of costs of systemic risks in the draft 2014 Ukraine budget.

30.04.2015
Lesia Shevchenko

A cheap play on reforms and mutual support was staged for Ukrainian politics. The real fight for the director’s position goes on behind the scenes and no one is allowed to watch that.

17.04.2015
Lesia Shevchenko

Today, the State remains the key barrier to better Ukraine. Bureaucrats in the government offices try to impede the reforms by all means

05.03.2015
Lesya Shevchenko

Open Society Foundation President Lesya Shevchenko commented on the intermediate stage of the Parliament coalition for ‘Novoe Vremya’ blog.

24.01.2015

The basic, for the construction and development of territories, Law "On regulation of urban development" may repeat the fate of the US Constitution - the "body" of the law will be smaller than the amendments. The new parliament has been actively lobbying for amendments to the basic law of urban development for continued practice of land fraud or as it is called, "sharing" the land without approved planning documentation, legalization of illegal and unauthorized construction.

19.12.2014

The analysis of the document demonstrates that the rich are not willing to share the burden with the poor. The preliminary estimates suggest the 25:2:0.008 ratio in reducing the budget expenditures, i.e. 92.5% of tightening the country’s belt falls on the general population, 7.5% of the share falls on the officials and only a few hundredths of a percent fall on the oligarchs.

15.12.2014

The coalition agreement is of the higher quality than the campaign agendas of political the parties composing the coalition. However, 50% of the agreement signatories’ promises were not reflected in the document.

07.11.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The winter people's revolution hasput an end to an autocratic regimein Ukraine. Yet, ithas paradoxically shifted the politics in the country to the single denominator. The competition of thepolitical programs and the alternatives hasended, and the flow of new ideas hasexhausted. The personalities and political brands have finally settled on the political throne taking the citizens' choice away from the area of rationality and pragmatism.

22.10.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The Parliament failed to implement theMaidan demands. The system’s resistance has eventually recovered. The democratic parliamentary factions have focused on the political races and pushed the Maidan tasks and their own agendas in the background.

21.10.2014
Ivan Sikora

Along with the fight against corruption, decentralizationis the second most popular promise of political parties that have a chance to overcome the 5% barrier. Decentralization is, above all, about the authority, resources and responsibility of the officials for specific delegated powers.

26.09.2014

Politicians and bureaucrats at the highest positions often arethe mere servants for theshady cashflows of billions of hryvnias. Time and againthey seek to control these flowsor create the new ones. The anti-corruption reforms are supposed to block the shady flows and dismantle the rent-based political system rather than create the new anti-corruption monster. Unfortunately, none of the existing legislative meets this condition adequately.

16.09.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The lustration experience in Central and Eastern Europe suggested that political dividends may outweigh the immediate managerial benefits.

04.09.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

Lustration cannot serve as the only anti-corruption tool. In that case it turns into mere populism and is used to gain the voters’ support.

09.08.2014
Lesia Shevchenko

The new version of the procurement law adopted April had not stopped the efforts to use the legislative regulation of public procurement for lobbying narrow interests.

08.08.2014
Ivan Sikora

10 to 50 million of hryvnias are issued annually to support the statutory activities of public organizations of people with disabilities. This amount varies due to certain political or economic trends.

31.07.2014

Last week events reflected the new balance of power among Ukraine's oligarchs and their willingness to sacrifice (to a greater or lesser extent) profits. Everyone has to pay up for the economic crisis and ongoing war. The cost, however, depends on the new configuration in parliament and balance among the oligarchs. How much will ordinary people pay? What about the Ukrainian oligarchs? Which oligarch will pay more and why? Was there no alternative draft law but the one adopted today, considering consultations with various interest groups?

21.07.2014
Ivan Sikora and Olexander Babanin

How to employ more than 640 thousand people with disabilities and effectively spend UAH 1 billion? The right to work is enshrined in Article 43 of the Constitution of Ukraine. Yet, it is not equally available to everyone. Millions of Ukrainians are unsuccessfully trying to get a job. For people with disabilities the life is even harder. Most of the doors in our country remain closed for them.

11.07.2014
Ivan Sikora and Olexander Babanin

The war for talent goes on worldwide. Educated and hardworking people are the basis of prosperity for any nation state. Training in the best institutions provides more career opportunities. It costs more, too. However, in order to invest in education students and their parents need to understand what they are paying for. The new law created the new rules for evaluating the real cost for services in higher education.

06.07.2014
Lesya Shevchenko

The parliamentarians again suggested the constructs, composed of fuzzy rules of the basic law referring to "the acts of the Cabinet of Ministers" and "procedures established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine"... this suggests the lobbyists of various support schemes for certain companies will again receive formal approval from the Antimonopoly Committee, but no one will properly analyze the impact of such support on the competition.

30.06.2014
Oleskander Babanin and Ivan Sikora

Millions of students and their parents, who are about to enter the labour market, are expecting fundamental changes in the education system. In fact, higher education system, just like the other areas, needs its own Revolution of Dignity.

07.04.2014

In less than 3 months the representative of the new government of Ukraine has recognized the correctness of estimates of Ukrainian budget expenditures made previously by ‘Open Society’ Foundation.

16.02.2014

‘Dzerkalo Tyzhnya’ newspaper as of 14 February 2014 published the ‘Open Society’ Foundation’s article on Ukraine’s national budget. The article titled “The Budget Code of Ukraine: Financial Constitution or the Vinaigrette of Whims?” revealed inefficient parliamentary fiscal policies and explained why the Budget Code had frequently been a subject for change.

30.01.2014

On January 31st, 2014, Ukrainian newspaper “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” published an article titled “The Naked King – 2”, analyzing parliamentary parties’ promises to increase financial self-sufficiency of Ukrainian regions and reduce their dependence on the central budget. The article resulted from the monitoring parliamentary political parties in Verkhovna Rada of 7th convocation. The monitoring was done by “Open Society” Foundation with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy, USA (NED).

14.01.2014

At the press-conference on 15 January 2014 experts on fiscal and economic policy Denis Chernikov (Laboratory for Legislative Initiatives) and Ivan Sikora (Open Society Foundation) made a presentation on estimation of costs of systemic risks in the draft 2014 Ukraine budget.

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28.04.2014
Oles Lisnychuk

The activities of the Party of Regions for the last two months included the evasion of the responsibility, inert position, focus on the group interests, desire for revenge and broadcast of the Russian messages. All these will unavoidably bring the party to the bottom of impassable 5% barrier in snap parliamentary elections.

Content is under construction. Sorry for the inconvenience.