European auditors say Ukraine still perceived as Europe’s most corrupted state
Ukraine is still perceived as Europe’s most corrupted state despite European Union’s assistance to Kiev intended to reverse the situation, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report Wednesday, TASS reported.
The ECA report, released on Wednesday, assessed whether European Commission and European External Action Service assistance between 2007 and 2015 was proving effective in supporting reforms in Ukraine. It says that EU help "had limited impact and, despite the impetus for reform since then, the results achieved so far remain fragile."
The EU responded promptly to the 2014 crisis with a package of 11.2 billion euro over seven years. But this was an emergency solution," the report reads. "The EU allocated and disbursed large amounts of money rapidly and without first agreeing its strategy."
According to ECA member Szabolcs Fazakas, "EU support for Ukraine remains a work in progress, despite good efforts by the Commission."
"At the time of our audit, there was a strong political commitment to public administration reform," he said. "But management changes jeopardized the reforms and low salaries created openings for corruption. Further steps are needed to meet objectives."
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