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Postponing the Unpostponable: Is There Time for Anti-Corruption Strategy on the MPs’ Agenda?

Ukraine has not had an Anti-Corruption Strategy since 2017. This is a bad signal. Adopting and implementing a Strategy would confirm that Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations are irreversible and that the country’s leaders clearly intend to develop a better governance system. Such an action would significantly increase the level of trust among our international partners. The […]

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The SBU’s Soviet Approach to State Secrets

This summer, Verkhovna Rada plans to consider the bill #3196-d on reforming the SBU. Reform should lay the foundation for the reformed service’s work so that it meets Ukraine’s European integration and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. However, the latest version of Draft Law No. 3196-D on reforming the SBU, published at the end of May, continues the […]

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Strategy for Defence Industry Development: forward to NATO or back to the USSR?

Will Ukroboronprom be transformed from a corrupt defence industry monster into a modern and efficient structure? Will reforming the Concern cement the Soviet principles of governance? Will it happen at all? The document that was confirmed by the Cabinet of Minister as the Strategy for Defence Industry Development doesn’t answer this question. On April 14, […]

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Why is Ukraine still not in NATO?

Svitlana Musiiaka, NAKO’s Senior Policy Expert All defence procurement is under threat. On February 15, another deadline expired which was set by the President to develop and adopt the bylaws needed to implement the Law on Defence Procurement. These are orders, procedures, provisions which need to specify the procedures described in the law. In general, […]

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Free housing for the military – a reality or castles in the air?

54 billion hryvnias [1] and 47,000 servicemen in line [2] – this is one of the biggest challenges the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine faces today. This is documented in the recently published report from the IndependentDefence Anti–Corruption Committee (NAKO), “Corruption in the Real Estate Sector of the Ministry of Defence: Risks and Recommendations.” Back […]

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Ukraine searches for approach to classifying information

Ukraine searches for approach to classifying information. So far, it’s a hard choice between total classification and global transparency standards. Over the past year, Ukraine has finally initiated some changes in the security classification procedure for any national security-related data, which has largely gone unnoticed by the general public. Since the very first days of […]

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Parliamentary oversight of intelligence services: why and how it should be strengthened

Roman Kostenko MP, Secretary of the Committee on National Security, Defence, and Intelligence, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Source: Liga.net Reform of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) is one of the most pressing topics these days. It is one of the critical issues for Ukraine’s national security, but reform has been delayed for many years. […]

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Up and Forward: How Ukraine Improved Its Score in the Transparency Rating of the Top World’s Defence Companies

Last week, the global anti-corruption movement Transparency International published the findings of the global Defence Companies Index on Anti-Corruption and Corporate Transparency (DCI). DCI is the only global index that measures the commitment to transparency and anti-corruption of the world’s leading defence companies. The Index assesses 134 world’s leading defence companies across 38 countries. The […]

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Ministry of Scandals or Reforms: What did the Ministry for Strategic Industries remember for six months of its work?

The Ministry for Strategic Industries was established on July 22, 2020 to more effectively manage Ukraine’s defence industry.  However, did the defence industry really become more effective with its formation? Six months later, NAKO decided to summarize the main results of the institution. The Ministry of Conflict of Interest The Ministry for Strategic Industries is […]

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Saving Defence Procurement: What will the Ukrainian Army fight with?

One of the greatest achievements in 2020 in the security and defence sector is the adoption of the Law “On Defence Procurement”. The law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on July 17 radically changes the framework for the organization and carrying out defence procurement. It provides open defence procurement procedures, significantly increases the […]

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