To ensure the effective management of seized assets, comprehensive legislative changes are required. TI Ukraine asserts that the peculiarities of assets and their social and historical value should have already been taken into account.

On 29 May, the Asset Recovery and Management Agency tender committee has selected a manager for Mezhyhiria. The winner is TOV Skompani, with SP Haianskyi and CSO National Park of Ukraine Mezhyhiria left behind. The latter is tasked with managing Mezhyhiria at the moment.

TOV Skompani (EDRPOU 39580061) was registered in 2015. Its manager is Oleksii Voronenko. Formally, the TOV is compliant with all the criteria for the competition. The company submitted documents on the authorized capital, the number of staff members, experience, and their plan for managing Mezhyhiria.

However, we believe that the winner did not provide sufficient reasoning to qualify for the management position.

It is important to understand that the current legislative requirements and qualification criteria of the ARMA tender committee do not consider such factors as the company CEO’s other jobs or their integrity. Winners of asset management tenders should have impeccable business standing and should not be involved in activity that is detrimental to the state. To find a way out of this new Mezhyhiria crisis, we urge the ARMA tender committee to reconsider its decision.

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Winners of asset management tenders should have impeccable business standing and should not be involved in activity that is detrimental to the state.