Reforms Progress Monitoring 2016: in the past 2 years Ukraine has made greater progress in implementing reforms than in the first 23 years of its independence

Launch of Decorruption platform, ProZorro 2.0., law enforcement reformjudiciarydecentralization and new Ukrainian school concept – National Reforms Council launched the Report on the reforms results in 2016 and plans for 2017.

English language version of the report available on the NRC web site.

“Constitutional amendments related to the judiciary were approved and took effect last year. In addition, several laws were enacted to give comprehensive judicial reform traction. An unprecedented selection process for new Supreme Court judges is underway” – mentioned Dmytro Shymkiv, Secretary of the National Reforms Council, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office have commenced their operations. They all contribute to the common cause and there have been notable improvements in the work of the Security Service, the National Police and the public prosecutor’s office.

“Good example of IT usage in reforming public procurement is the launch of e-declarations last autumn. Nearly 136,000 officials holding senior positions disclosed their wealth for the first time in our nation’s history. It is unlikely that such unprecedented transparency could have been possible without digital technologies” – suggests Dmytro Shymkiv.

The mandatory use of the ProZorro e-procurement system has saved the government UAH 9 billion. These savings can then be used for pressing economic and defence needs. Moreover, the integration of ProZorro with the E-data Finance Portal has enabled users to track Treasury payments under awarded contracts and prevent corruption further.

The decentralization process resulted in 366 of merged localities that are financially capable and able to tackle recurrent social and infrastructure problems.

One of the most important tasks is bolstering national security and implementing defense reform. Ukraine is not only successfully transitioning the armed forces to contract service, but also transforming the entire security and defense sector to operate under NATO standards.

Year-end 2016 saw the government’s approval of the roadmap and principles for the first phase of E-health in Ukraine. The pilot of electronic healthcare system is expected in 2017 by Ministry of Healthcare.

Full report on the Reforms Progress Monitoring 2016 is here: