The Ukrainian chapter of the global anti-corruption movement Transparency International invites representatives of Melitopol city authorities to register for the training How to Improve Melitopol’s Position in the City Transparency Ranking. It will be held as part of the project Make the City Transparent, Take Part in Governance. The event will be conducted by TI Ukraine experts on October 30 from 9AM to 7PM in Culture Palace at Ploshcha Peremohy 4, office 38

You can register for the training at The deadline ends on October 26 at 12PM. The number of participants is limited. Representatives of local authorities who will be able to participate in the training will be notified beforehand.

Melitopol ranks 52nd in the Transparency Ranking of 100 Ukrainian cities. The city got only 29 points out of 100. hat is why TI Ukraine decided to work on the reduction of corruption risks, increase the accountability of authorities in this very city. The project will also include sharing best practices of transparency with representatives of the local authorities of Mariupol, Sievierodonetsk and Irpin. Similar trainings will be done in these cities, as well as awareness campaigns that will help citizens learn how to demand accountability from the authorities. Such a campaign already took place in Mariupol on October 21-22.

The educational event for representatives of Melitopol authorities will be conducted by executive director of Club of Graduates of Mayor School Olha Omelchuk. The participants will learn how to improve transparency in the areas of informing the public on the work of the local authorities, access and participation, muicipal property, grants and finances, as well as best pratices of land use.

The training aims at raising awareness among Melitopol officials of principles of accountability as well as developing the culture of transparency in the municipality. TI Ukraine representatives want to start a dialogue with the local authorities for implementation of the recommendations how to improve transparency.

Now, decentralization is underway in Ukraine, which presupposes transfer of authority and budget earnings to the local level. While city budgets have become more independent thanks to this process, corruption risks are one of the key threats for effective local self-government. That is why TI Ukraine continues to work on transparency in the regions of Ukraine and actively motivate local public officials to adhere to principles of transparency and accountability.

The project Make the City Transparent, Take Part in Governance is implemented by TI Ukraine together with the Center for Democracy and Rule of Law as part of the project Strengthening the RPR Coalition implemented with the support of the EU.