Europe’s Short Memory and Ukraine’s Long Crisis

ACEU Staff:

Less than 20 percent of the $298 million that the United Nations requested from international donors has been provided. Since 2014, the war in Ukraine’s east has claimed over ten thousand lives and displaced over 1.8 million people the largest internally displaced persons crisis in Europe. According to data from the International Organization for Migration, 3.7 million people have been affected.

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published 23 June 2016: News Summaries, Uncategorized

Gontareva says Ukraine met IMF’s requirements

ACEU Staff:

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Ron van Rooden has arrived in Kyiv. IMF experts are expected to meet with Ukrainian officials, they will focus on discussions and finalizations of the second review of the Fund’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) adopted for Ukraine in March 2015.
Head of the IMF mission in Ukraine Ron van Rooden met with Valeria Gontareva, the Head of the National Bank of Ukraine. The sides discussed results of completion of the EFF program by the National Bank. Gontareva noted that her agency met all the respective conditions within its competence. Besides, the negotiators also considered monetary police of the National Bank in terms of inflation targeting, further liberalization of monetary correction and rebooting banking sector in Ukraine. The mission will work in Ukraine until May 18.

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published 10 May 2016: News Summaries, Uncategorized

EU Court Annuls Asset Freeze on Five Former Ukraine Officials

ACEU Staff:

The court accepted appeals against the EU asset freeze by former prime ministers Mykola Azarov and Serhiy Arbuzov as well as Mr. Arbuzov’s son, Oleksiy. Serhiy Klyuyev, the brother of a former top aide to Mr. Yanukovych and former energy minister Eduard Stavytsky also won their appeals against sanctions the EU adopted to stop the misappropriation of state funds. The bloc itself decided last March to drop the sanctions against several people because of the lack of hard evidence presented by Ukrainian authorities. Among those people was Oleksiy Arbuzov’s son.
For months, however, there was frustration in Brussels that Kiev hadn’t provided clear evidence against some of those targeted.

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published 29 January 2016: News Summaries, Uncategorized

Court bans Communist Party of Ukraine

ACEU Staff:

The Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine rejected the opening of the appeal proceedings on the appeal of the Communist Party of Ukraine.

As the press service of the Ministry of Justice, the Communist Party tried to judicially challenge the legal opinion of the Commission on compliance with the law “On the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols”. This finding established a discrepancy activities, names and symbols of the Communist Party of Ukraine requirements of Ukrainian legislation. The Supreme Administrative Court found that “the appeal is unfounded, as set out in its arguments do not cause you to check the case, since the applicant does not grounds for believing that the court incorrectly applied the rules of substantive or procedural law”. This judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine can not be appealed.

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published 27 January 2016: News Summaries, Uncategorized

A Dilemma in the Crackdown on Corruption in Ukraine

ACEU Staff:

It is primarily the responsibility of Mr. Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to accelerate their attempts to crack down on corruption. But civil society must also be more pragmatic. It does no good to demand that all corrupt practices be punished at once. Activists from civil society, many of them Western-funded are often part of the problem. Having grown up in a Ukraine beset for decades by massive corruption, semiauthoritarian and authoritarian rule, they are schooled in the habits of aggressive opposition.

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published 24 December 2015: News Summaries, Uncategorized