Press release from September 29, 2020
Ahead of the local elections in Ukraine, Transparency International Ukraine and the Institute of Political Education have presented a Transparent Government Code that will promote good governance practices and local government accountability.
The Code contains 11 provisions on areas that traditionally suffer from a lack of clear and predictable rules or are only partially transparent. TI Ukraine urges candidates to support this document and to commit to implementing it after winning the local elections.
The key provisions include the audit of municipal property, land resources, and activity of municipal enterprises, regular provision of information about the development and adoption of local decisions, a clear format of work with investment projects, ensuring broad participation in the development of regulatory policies. Digital transformation at the local level is also included.
If the Code is implemented, this will increase the transparency of local authorities and citizens’ trust in them.
“Support of the Transparent Government Code now serves as a sort of proof that potential mayors or council members will be ready to make a difference in their cities,” says TI Ukraine’s Executive Director Andrii Borovyk. — “This document focuses on the most problematic sectors for local authorities, and maintaining transparency in each of them will help citizens see actual practical positive outcomes. Transparency is not just a word. That’s the way to good governance.”
Candidates who want to commit to the Code can do it on TI Ukraine’s page.
Point of contact: Mariia Sokolchuk, [email protected], (068) 328 88 86.
Transparency International Ukraine is an accredited chapter of the global movement Transparency International with a comprehensive approach to development and implementation of changes for reduction of the corruption levels.
TI Ukraine launched the Transparent Cities program in 2017. It aims at overcoming corruption at the local level and promoting the best practices of transparency and accountability.