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Ukraine hugely corrupted, no such countries in EU, - report by European Court of Auditors

Source : 112 Ukraine

"Ukraine needs a focused and efficient strategy to tackle the power of oligarchs and diminish state capture", reads the recently released paper
16:54, 30 September 2021

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European auditor Juhan Parts is confident that there are no countries in the EU where the scale of corruption would be the same as in Ukraine. Parts voiced out his opinion in the report of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) released in Luxembourg on September 23. The document is focused on the EU support of reforms in Ukraine in fighting corruption on high levels. Interfax-Ukraine cited the official.

Parts claimed that in the report, the ECA did not analyze the activities of the Ukrainian government; that agency only provides audition of the institutions in the executive bodies of the EU - such as the European Commission and the European External Action Service. Mentioning the report, the auditor claimed that everyone is well aware that successful combat against corruption and setting the stable supremacy of law are "totally necessary to reach good results in any other branch of politics". 

"Despite varied support the EU has offered to Ukraine, oligarchs and vested interests continue to undermine the rule of law in Ukraine and to threaten the country’s development. Ukraine needs a focused and efficient strategy to tackle the power of oligarchs and diminish state capture. The EU can play a much more significant role than it has done so far”, Parts said.

According to him, the huge corruption is the reason for this capture. "State capture means that someone who you call oligarchs (and so do we), or a group of people use their status and various tools - media, policy, management and state enterprises - in their own interests", he added.

At the same time, he claimed that corruption was everywhere, but in Ukraine it is a widespread thing, which is recognized by researchers, international organizations, and foreign governments that work with Ukraine.

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"In this regard, my reply is the following: I believe that the situation in Ukraine is incomparable with any EU country. The best index is the connection between the economic development (GDP per capita) and the corruption index. If you take compare these indexes, in Ukraine it's some USD 5,000 annually, in Poland it's 18,000, and in Estonia it's 23,000. But we all began back in 1992, from the same starting point. This is the result of the influence of corruption. I believe Ukraine is unique. If you consider the data, this country must be very rich but that small group of people became so rich they managed to take the entire country as a hostage. And Ukraine must be a very rich country", Parts concluded. 

The report of the European Court of Auditors that Parts speaks about states that grand corruption and state capture are still widespread in Ukraine despite EU action. The EU has been trying to address corruption in Ukraine as a cross-cutting priority; it has channelled funds and efforts through a variety of sectors, from the competition environment to the judiciaryand civil society. But the support and measures put in place have not delivered the expected results. Tens of billions of euros are lost annually as a result of corruption.

The EU notes that it has long been aware of the connections between oligarchs, high-level officials, politicians, the judiciary and state-owned enterprises. However, it has not developed a real strategy for targeting grand corruption.

Related: Corruption among officials is key problem in Ukraine, - ECA

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