Analysis, parliament

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30.04.2015 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. Lesya Shevchenko
Open Society Foundation President Lesya Shevchenko commented on the intermediate stage of the Parliament coalition for ‘Novoe Vremya’ blog.
24.01.2015 Analysis. Parliament. Articles.
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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles.
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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles.
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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles.
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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. Lesia Shevchenko
The lustration experience in Central and Eastern Europe suggested that political dividends may outweigh the immediate managerial benefits.
04.09.2014 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles. 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 Analysis. Parliament. Articles.
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?