16-08-2012

Ukrainian democracy is behind on points


| Civil Expert Council


Members of the Civic Expert Council within Ukrainian part of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Committee, as well as private sector experts discussed the state of democracy development and the rule of law with Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and head of the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Public officers who took part in the discussion: Maryna Stavniychuk (Presidential Administration of Ukraine), Valeria Lutkovska (Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights) and Andriy Magera (the deputy head of the Central Election Commission (CEC)).



 

This is the second meeting held in Kiev on the eve of the official meeting of the Working Group "Democracy and the rule of law" in the framework of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission.

Experts presented the monitoring of recommendations’ fulfillment developed in July 2011. They also specified some short-term recommendations to be taken into account by the government.

Recommendations pertained to the area of electoral law, justice, human rights, public associations, public broadcasting, freedom of speech and public procurement. Results of the expert monitoring are disappointing: only 2 of the 19 recommendations were fulfilled ​​over the year, 3 – partly fulfilled and 14 – never fulfilled.

In particular, the law "On Public Organizations" was adopted and the Strategy of Government Policy for Civil Society Development was developed in collaboration with the civic society organizations.

Experts name the following actions of the state authorities as positive:

• The President of Ukraine signed the Criminal Procedure Code, developed by the Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform in cooperation with international experts, on May 14 (voting for CPC in the Verkhovna Rada took place on April 13, 2012).

• Ministry of Economy initiated the development of the long-term strategy of the public procurement system, involving USAID assistance.

• The National Anti-Corruption Strategy and State Anti-Corruption Program for the next 5 years were elaborated and adopted.

However, most of the experts’ recommendations are still relevant. For the situation in the realm of democracy and human rights has only worsened in Ukraine recently. It is now more than ever that we need an open dialogue between Ukrainian international experts and officials.

 

Monitoring Results and Experts' Recommendations

 

Consequences on the Newly Adopted Law on Public Organizations