Author: Cynthia Kroet
The unstable political and legislative climate in Ukraine has meant EU funds designed to help the country reform have had a limited impact and results are “fragile,” according to a European Court of Auditors report published Wednesday.
In the report, which examined public finance management and anti-corruption measures between 2007 and 2015, the auditors noted that while cooperation between the EU and Ukraine progressed after the 2014 Euromaidan demonstrations, the reform process has been hampered by a lack of follow-through.
“At the time of our audit, there was a strong political commitment to public administration reform,” according to Szabolcs Fazakas, one of the auditors. “But management changes jeopardized the reforms and low salaries created openings for corruption.”
Fazakas said EU support “remains a work in progress,” despite “good efforts” by the European Commission, and said further steps are needed to ensure money is well spent.
The report recommended a series of measures including improved monitoring of the implementation of assistance programs and more emphasis on public finance management.