The draft of the 2025 General Plan for Kyiv is unacceptable and must be rejected as being contrary to the interests of the community. Representatives of civil society and several former leaders of the capital city spoke during a press briefing in the Ukrainian crisis media center.
Despite increasing transparency and publicity, Kyiv city authorities continuously simulate the reforms implementation. KCSA departments run corruption schemes related to land management, urban planning and municipal property. Open Society Foundation presented the research on the implementation of the Mayor Klitschko’s program.
None of the Mayor Klitschko’s five priorities were implemented in full after his first year in the office.
On July 20th, in Kyiv Open Society Foundation together with the well-known experts, lawyers and members of the Kyiv city council will organize the training on how to stop land fraud in Kyiv and at other cities of Ukraine.
On July 9, 2015 from 3 to 5 p.m. ‘Ukrinform’ news agency (Bohdan Khmelnytsky street 8/16, conference hall) will host the round-table discussion titled "Kyiv mayor’s program adopted a year ago: assessing progress in implementing reforms".
From May 21 to 24 more than 30 civil society activists and journalists from 15 cities of Ukraine will take part in training and the meeting of mini-grants winners. Grants were provided by the Odesa organization of CVU within the "Civil Society and Media for Transparent Local Budgets" project, implemented jointly with OSF and supported by the European Commission and the Finnish Embassy in Ukraine.
Kyiv Anti-Corruption Program is being reviewed by the working group led by Mayor Klytschko. On April 29, 2015, while discussing the project, OSF and RPR recommendations titled "Typical objectives and measures to develop municipal target program for preventing and combting corruption in Kyiv for 2015-2017" were taken as a basis.
The new government anti-corruption program is expected to be an important tool to measure Ukraine’s progress in the fight against corruption. OSF, the independent think tank, has repeatedly provided suggestions to the draft program, yet these were largely ignored.
Most participants of the training "Public anti-corruption expertise for effective local government," considered the skills obtained a powerful "weapon" in solving problems related to corruption risks and practices at the local level.
Best anti-corruption tools for local activists and experts, members of local councils and journalists of South Ukraine (Mykolaiv and oblast, Kherson and Odessa) will be presented by the Director of the Open Society Foundation and expert in sphere of anti-corruption and budget policy Ivan Sikora during 2-days (April 17-18) training in Mykolaiv.
In April 2015 we reached an agreement on strategic partnership and cooperation with Odesa organization of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine on the project supported by the European Commission and the Finnish Embassy in Ukraine.
Open Society Foundation supports the local Kyiv initiative of people, which protested against an illegal building of Soniachna Riviera Residential Complex at Mykilska Slobidka. In Open Letter to the MPs and Kyiv authority, initiated by OSF and supported by “Reanimation Package of Reforms” group for Kyiv, the list of law violations and corruption risks were underlined.
More here: http://osf.org.ua/events/view/492