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11 December, 2021
Declassifying Ukrainian procurement will reduce corruption risks and bring Ukraine closer to NATO – Tregub
In the first comprehensive analysis of efficiency and control over corruption risks in the defence and security sector, Ukraine appeared in the “D” band of countries, which indicates high corruption risks. In 2020, Ukraine’s score was 41 out of 100. 
 
“The score isn’t new for Ukraine. Ukraine does not have even half of the necessary safeguards against corruption,” Executive Director of the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission Olena Tregub noted in an interview with Hromadske.
 
“The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has received high scores during an evaluation by the National Agency on Corruption Prevention. From the point of view of the legal framework, everything is fine. However, MOD’s anti-corruption department can only passively watch what is going on. With the political will by the Minister, preventing corruption is possible. For example, during Minister Reznikov’s time in office, they were able to prevent a dubious appointment,” she said.
 
“Defence procurements are a corruption risk. The problem can be solved through defence procurement reform. It is the MOD, not civil society or journalists, that should lead the reform. A draft law on declassification is about to be registered with the Parliament. It was developed by a working group and needs further elaboration. In Ukraine, the balance is hindered. Declassifying defence procurements will reduce corruption risks. Democratic civilian control over the MOD and defence sector should be reinforced,” Olena Tregub said.

Watch interview.