Current projects

Financial transparency of united communities

The problem to be addressed

The issue of sustainable development at the local level is crucial given the need to stabilize the socioeconomic situation in the regions during the economic crisis and decentralization reform.

Ensuring financial viability of local communities as well as control over the efficient use of available resources in order to prevent corruption is of profound importance in the process of local government transformation.

Today, the financial incapacity of local communities in Ukraine is caused by the peculiarities of the national fiscal system, namely the limited capacity control over the use of budgetary funds, as well as endemic corruption and bureaucracy at the local level.

Project goal

The project aims to increase the economic capacity of united communities, which will assist the local development, enhance local communities’ competitiveness, combat corruption at the local level and promote the welfare of the local population.

 Project target groups, numbers, geographical locations

Project target groups are:

  • Representatives of local governments who take decisions on raising and allocating financial resources in 24 regions of Ukraine
  • Representatives of regional businesses in 24 regions of Ukraine
  • Representatives of regional NGOs interested in improving communities’ economic viability in 24 regions of Ukraine.

 Concrete outputs

The outputs of the project include:

  • The study on the current state of communities’ capacity and control over local finances
  • The analytical report on the study of international experience in ensuring the capacity of local communities
  • Guidelines for authorities and civil society activists
  • A series of seminars (25) for representatives of local communities and civil society activists in all regions of Ukraine
  • The regions’ competitiveness ranking published as a report on the website
  • The online content platform to foster the capacity of local communities
  • Two public consultations
  • Final press conference

                                                       

 

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Pechenihy: a stolen coast

The Pechenihy reservoir is a well-known recreation area in the Kharkiv region, located almost on the border with Russia. The nearness to Russia, affects the attitudes of the local population. Most residents work in the recreational infrastructure, which has been actively and illegally privatized for the last ten years by senior officials of Kharkiv. The land plots located on the coastline were sold underpriced, pine forest were cut and access to the beaches - blocked. Residents of Kharkiv and region, who used to spend vacations and weekends on the reservoir coast for decades, currently have no access to these areas. Thus, seeing constant examples of corruption, fueled by Russian propaganda, residents feel skeptical about the democratic values and reforms that Ukraine is trying to implement after the Revolution of Dignity. It is necessary to show the residents that positive changes are already taking place on a regional level.
 
The project goal is to draw attention to corruption in privatization of recreational objects and allocation of land plots on the coastline of the Pechenihy reservoir (Kharkiv region).
Objectives:
  • Identify the beneficiaries and investigate the legality of purchase of recreation objects and luxury houses, located on the shoreline of the Pechenihy reservoir;
  • Visualize the results of the investigations in the form of interactive long-read page;
  • In the minimum of three cases, the lawsuits will be initiated to seek the restitution of land plots/recreation objects to the ownership of the state/local communities. 

                                                                  

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Inside Ukraine

The aim of the publication is to provide objective information on current political events in Ukraine and thorough analysis of major tendencies in domestic politics. Such analysis will assist in setting priorities in the process of implementing reforms in Ukraine and in evaluating quality of state decisions from the viewpoint of their impact and sustainability. Special attention is paid to evaluation of political competition in Ukraine and ability of key political players to address challenges.

  Periodicals: http://icps.com.ua/en/our-projects/periodicals/

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Transparent, financially sound and competitive municipalities in Ukraine (September 2015 - March 2017)

 
 

Transparency, fiscal sustainability and shaping of regional competitive advantages are the very basic fundamentals for effective performance of municipalities in the long term horizon. The project will propose solutions and tools:

  •   To increase the level of transparency in municipalities.
  •   To keep indebtedness of municipalities at manageable levels,
  •   To assess the overall competitiveness of districts and regions in Ukraine

 

 

Project is financed by the SlovakAid – Official Development Assistance of the Slovak Republic and Embassy of the United States, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Duration:

October 15, 2015 – March 15, 2017

Objectives:

The main objective of the project is to support regional development in Ukraine through know-how transfer of successful projects implemented in Slovakia. By implementing the project, we would like to strengthen financial decentralization competences of municipalities, to strengthen their capacities at improving living condition of their citizens, to increase citizens’ awareness of self-government significance, financial sustainability and transparency.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To intensify fight against corruption at local level by formulating the Anti-corruption measures reflecting anti-corruption priorities of Ukrainian self-government bodies and the best anti-corruption practices from Slovakia (e.g. publishing of public contracts on the Internet, public presence at meetings of self-government bodies, public recording of these meetings, etc.).
  2. To intensify public demand for efficient public spending of municipalities. An online portal on financial management of Ukrainian municipalities will be created; portal will dramatically improve information about municipalities’ fiscal management and will enable comparison of key debt and financial sustainability parameters. In this part of the project we plan to utilize unique know-how from a similar project, which has been successfully implemented in the Slovak Republic and led to a dramatic decline in debt of municipalities within last two years.
  3. To increase competitiveness of Ukrainian regions by creating an interactive competitiveness model and comprehensive analysis of competitive advantages and disadvantages of Ukrainian regions (districts). The analysis will examine the level and quality of economic activity, infrastructure, human resources and public administration in regions, will identify barriers for economic development and will propose competitiveness strategies for regions of the Ukraine. Know-how will be derived from a similar and successful project implemented in Slovakia.

Events:

Seminar – “Transparency of Regions of Ukraine: Presentation of Ranking”
Venue: Ukrinform (8/16 Bohdana Khmelnytskogo Street)
Date: June 26, 2017

Agenda: 
09:45-10:00 – registration
10:00-10:10 – welcome speeches of the ICPS and INEKO representatives
10:10-10:20 – presentation of the main components of the project “Transparent, Financially Healthy and Competitive Self-governments in Ukraine” (Angela Bochi, ICPS)
10:20-10:30 – presentation of the ranking “Transparency of Regions of Ukraine”, review of methodology (Svitlana Radchenko, ICPS)
10:30-11:00 – Slovak experience (Peter Golias, INEKO; Michal Piško, Transparency International Slovakia)
11:00-11:15 – the position of state authorities and the public on current issues of transparency of Ukraine’s regions, discussion
11:15 – stand-up buffet

Conference – “Transparent, financially healthy and competitive local governments in Ukraine: presentation of online platforms”
Venue: InterContinental Kyiv (2A Velyka Zhytomyrska Street)
Date: March 3, 2017

Agenda: 
09:45-10:00 – registration, welcome coffee
10:00-12:00 – conference
Moderator: Victor Mashtabey – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ICPS, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine
Opening
Victor Mashtabey – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ICPS, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine
Peter Golias – Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO, Slovak Republic)
Oksana Prodan – PD of Ukraine, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian association of small and medium businesses “Fortetsya”
Andriy Strannikov – Chairman of the Standing Committee of Kyiv City Council on budget issues and the socio-economic development

Platform 1. Transparency of 50 largest cities in Ukraine

Veronika Kharuk – legal expert of the ICPS
Presentation of the online platform “Transparency of 50 largest cities in Ukraine”, introduction to research methodology
Michal Piško – Project Coordinator of Transparency International Slovakia
Transparency rating in Slovakia
Yanika Merylo – Advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of Ukraine
Pavlo Kozyrev – Mayor of Ukrainka city

Platform 2. Competitive capability of regions and regional assessment of business climate in Ukraine

Moderator: Vasyl Filipchuk – Chairman of the ICPS
Vasyl Povoroznyk – Senior economist of the ICPS
Presentation of the online platform «Competitive capability of regions and regional assessment of business climate in Ukraine», introduction to research methodology Olexandr Danchenko – PD of Ukraine, Chairman of the Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Information and Communication
Robert Kičina – Business Alliance of Slovakia
Competitiveness rating of local governments
Sergii Tsivkach – Chairman of the Board of Development Competition Fund

Platform 3. Transparency of local budgets

Moderator: Vasyl Filipchuk – Chairman of the ICPS
Angela Bochi – Director of the Economic Department of ICPS
Presentation of the online platform «Transparency of local budgets and their regional centers», introduction to research methodology
Peter Golias – Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO, Slovak Republic)
Best Slovak practices on assessing financial health rating
Hasan Qaqaya – former Head of Competition and Consumer Policies Branch of the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
13:00 – stand-up buffet

Press conference 
Date: December 19, 2016
Presenting update of the portal on budget transparency of regions and their capital cities in Ukraine

Online platform “Local budgets transparency”
Venue: 8/16 B. Khmelnytskoho str., Kyiv, the “Ukrinform” office
Date: June 30, 2016

Agenda: 
09:45-10:00 Registration 
10:00-10:10 Welcoming speeches of ICPS and INEKO representatives 
10:10-10:25 Presentation of the online-platform, review of the methodology (Angela Bochi, ICPS) 
10:25-10:40 Slovak experience of applying the financial health rating of local budgets for the economic policy development (report by Peter Goliash, INEKO) 
10:40-10:55 Best experience in increasing transparency and fight against corruption on local governments in Slovakia (Michal Pisko, Transperancy International, Slovakia) 
10:55-11:30 Discussion and closing remarks

Kick Off Seminar in Kyiv
Venue: ІА “Ukrinform”, 8/16 Bohdan Khmelnytsky Str., Kyiv
Date: November 12th, 2015

Agenda:
09:45 – 10:00 Registration of participants
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome speech of an ICPS representative 
10:10 – 10:30 Local Watchdogs in Ensuring Control over Public Finances in Ukraine (ICPS)
10:30 – 10:50 Transparent, financially healthy and competitive municipalities in Ukraine, (Peter Golias, INEKO)
10:50 – 11:10 Competitiveness model of Slovak municipalities: experiences for Ukraine, (Robert Kicina, Business Alliance of Slovakia)
11:10 – 11:30 Discussion and concluding remarks
11:30 – 12:00 Informal discussion at coffee break

Outputs:

Internet portals:

Project documents:

Presentations:

Newsletters:

Media and other outputs:

 

 

 

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Implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU

 

Today European integration is the single vector of Ukraine's foreign policy. At the same time, one of the main tasks for the state is to ensure an effective and successful implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine.

The experience of the Orange Revolution, which became the biggest disappointment for Ukrainian people, makes us pay special attention to the ability of Ukrainian government and society to fulfil their political obligations, that is to implement reforms to facilitate the economic growth, secure political stability, foretell and prevent inevitable social risks.   

As of today the unreformed state mechanism is facing major challenges: the war, the economic recession, the need to implement reforms in compliance with the signed Association Agreement with the EU. Civil society in Ukraine demonstrates an ability to take up tasks which earlier had been carried out only by state institutions. In many cases, civil society creates parallel institutions that perform functions of the state apparatus. Efforts of Ukrainian state and that of civil society should be joined to ensure the effective implementation of much-needed reforms in the country.  

ICPS is currently working on the project aimed at facilitating European integration of Ukraine and implementation of the Association Agreement in all spheres.

Project activities include:

  • International conference on «Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the EU: Challenges and Opportunities», 26 September 2013.

  • International conference «EU-Ukraine Free Trade AreaStill Existing Chance for Modernization», 12 December 2013.

  • Expert round table on «A year after Vilniuswhat has been achieved and what comes next?», 27 November 2014.

  • International conference on «Implementation of the Association Agreement: Where to Start?» (The elaboration of state policies in specific spheres in the context of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement), 12 June 2014.

  • International conference «The Association Agreement: economic triggers», 12 March 2015.

 

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