Publications

It is normal for all plans to be revised and improved. However, the recently approved “National action plan 2012” looks like a step back. It dilutes or postpones for the future crucial reforms, aimed at strengthening of competitive environment and property rights. Among diluted reforms appeared to be the issue of inspections, housing reform and the problem of agro-land market. Technical reforms have been distorted not that dramatically, however, still are delayed.

A year and a half have already passed since the start of Viktor Yanukovich reform. The ambitious transformation plan has showed noticeable progress on many directions. However, so far none, including the authorities’ representatives, can call the reformation efforts successful. Properly outlined priorities and action plan stumbled on financial and political interests of various influential groups, what, naturally, stipulated for a large-scale ‘correction’ of the reform plan. Apparently every plan needs to be updated with time. However, comparative analysis of the new reform action plan showed that ‘reformators’ have already skipped many initially positive initiatives.

Over the last two years Ukraine has implemented many policy changes outlined at the President Reform Program for 2010-2014. Despite the large number of bills and laws approved through 2010-2011, the program lags behind the outlined schedule and none of the reforming priorities has reached the declared goals. Some of the adopted regulations are quite positive; however, still the initiatives have quite limited effect due to existent practices for administrative pressure, corruption and poor confidence on judicial power. Large number of approved laws and regulations are simply technical, which means that the essence of the problems they addressed remains unchanged. Positive steps were observed in reformation of healthcare, education, and pension system, however, so far no fundamental changes happened at the areas. Some of the reform priorities remained untouched. For instance, in electricity sector and oil and gas sector, where business and political interests are closely interlinked, powerful business-groups simply blocked any reforms. In general, the reformation process is poorly transparent. Moreover, for many important directions the authorities ignore public opinion consulting with civil society players only formally.

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The report addressed challenges of the legitimization of the privatization results, technical issues of privatization of land plots occupied by the objects of privatization and problems of national security tied to participation of foreign investors in the privatization.

Presentation was prepared for the Round Table which was held “Development of the analytical basis for amending of the State Program for Privatization” on 1 November, 2007

Publication shows the transformation of privatization from reformatory process into the instrument of enrichment of some group of people who were close to the power.

The paper presents the results of research conducted within the project “Social and Economic Consequences of Privatisation in Ukraine: ten years after” (Available in Ukrainian only)

This working paper analyses influence of privatization on economic growth. Using the theory of economics the paper explains smaller effect of privatisation in the first years after its launch. (Available in Ukrainian only)

This working paper analyses influence of privatization on economic growth. Using the theory of economics the paper explains smaller effect of privatisation in the first years after its launch. (Available in Ukrainian only)

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This book contains a collection of articles produced by the team of Harvard/CASE Ukraine project in Ukraine. The focus of the book is on specific reform measures as well as interactions among these measures and their direct/indirect and short-term/long-term effects on the economy.

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