Ukraine Makes Another Step Toward Transparency
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Ukraine Makes Another Step Toward Transparency

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Ukraine Makes Another Step Toward Transparency PR Newswire KYIV, July 27, 2012 KYIV, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting 2014, any public service in Ukraine will be available online, informs The State Agency for Science, Innovation and Information.

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Ukraine Makes Another Step Toward Transparency
PR Newswire KYIV, July 27, 2012
KYIV,July 27, 2012/PRNewswire/ --Starting 2014, any public service inUkrainewill be available online, informs The State Agency for Science, Innovation and Information. Currently, the government ofUkraineis implementing the initiativeOpen Government Partnership (OGP), after joining it in September 2011along with 54 other participating countries. Online public services will reduce time and resources spent by clients to obtain a service, as well as help prevent corruption. ByOctober 2012Ukraine will introduce electronic document management system in public institutions, informs the State Agency. Previously, the use of hard copies of the documents had been mandatory. To increase public service transparency the Ukrainian government will also introduce the National Center for Utility Payments Management, as well as a united web portal for public services by the end of 2012. In 2013, it is planned to establish online procurement system for the government agencies, according to the State Agency. Ukrainecommitted toOpen Government Partnershipright at the time when the initiative was launched by the eight founding states:Brazil,Indonesia,Mexico, Norway,Philippines,South Africa, the UK, and theUSA.Ukraine'sefforts in the OGPframework to date include a wide range of regulations. OGPwebsite lists adoption of a law on access to public information (January 2012) as one of them. "Introducing international standards of openness, the said Law is a yet another real step by the nation on its way to integrating with the international community," reads the website. Among other measures, in July 2011Ukraine introduced the law on prevention and combating corruption. It received a positive review from the Group of States against corruption (GRECO).Another anticorruption effort, highlighted byOGP, is the National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2011-2015, approved by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych inOctober 2011. The country also made progress in improving quality of administrative services. The reduction of the number of documents necessary for obtaining public services is one of such steps. Paid public services saw 44 percent cut, while commercial entities are no longer allowed to provide public services. Additionally,Ukrainestepped up e-government development by adoption of the respective concept and launching the National E-Government Center in 2010. Furthermore, national economic reform programProsperous Society, Competitive Economy, Efficient Governmentincludes e-government principles.