On 19 September 2018, Mariupol City Hall hosted an award ceremony, where the city received a plaque in honor of Mariupol reaching the score of 80+ points in Transparency Ranking of Ukrainian Cities.

During project implementation, the city managed to improve its own transparency score by 52 points, rising from the 57th place to the 1st in the Transparency Ranking and getting the maximum score in three accountability areas of local authorities:

Information on the work of local authorities: from 5,5 points to 9 (maximum 10)

Access and participation: from 4 points to 7,6 (maximum 10)

Procurement: from 3 points to 7 (maximum 7)

Housing policy: from 1,25 points to 6 (maximum 7)

Budgeting and contracts: from 4 points to 7 (maximum 8)

Grants and allocation of funding: from 0 points to 4,5 (maximum 8)

Social services: from 0,5 point to 3 (maximum 4)

Human resources: 2,5 points to 5 (maximum 5)

Professional ethics and conflict of interest: 1 points to 4 (maximum 6)

Land use and construction policy: from 2,2 points to 10 (maximum 10)

Municipal enterprises: from 0,6 points to 6,5 (maximum 10)

Municipal property: from 0 points to 7 (maximum 8)

Education: 2,5 points to 4,5 (maximum 7)

Mykhailo Ivchenko, the Deputy Mayor on Activity of Executive Bodies said that it was a great honor for Mariupol to receive the recognition of such an organization. Nonetheless, it was a major challenge to keep a good pace in solving problems on the way to full transparency and the higher the score, the harder it was to proceed. But it would be a new goal for the city to receive an ‘A’ score, which is more than 90 points.

Anatolii Kotov, project assistant at Transparent Cities, noted that it was important not to stop at what had already been achieved, the data will soon be verified again and local activists would be engaged in transparency assessment.

The event took place as part of the Transparent Cities Club project that aims at inspiring cities at the top of Transparency Ranking of Ukrainian Cities to achieve high results (80+ points) of transparency through implementation of “complex” recommendations and dissemination of their best practices among other Ukrainian cities.