Corruption continues to be an issue in many countries, especially those that are struggling. Take Ukraine for example, a country plagued by war. Corruption is quite present in the Eastern European country and they must combat it in order to join the awaited European Union. Below is an article annotation on the article “Kyiv steps up fight against corruption on eve of EU summit” from NowComment: https://nowcomment.com/documents/343793/twopane
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Ukraine is making a concerted effort to tackle its endemic corruption problem to show the European Union (EU) it is taking steps to become a member. The Prosecutor General’s office carried out raids in several state institutions in investigations into alleged corruption, embezzlement and tax fraud. The government is focusing on high-level cases, including one against oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, the former CEO of oil company Ukrtatnafta, which is suspected of defrauding the government of up to €1bn ($1.09bn). With billions involved in corruption in Ukraine, it is a grand problem that must be solved if they want to join the European Union. Other cases involve Defense Ministry officials and a senior Odesa official. Fraud is present with many officials throughout Ukraine, contributing greatly to the corruption of the country. The EU has urged Ukraine to fight corruption at the highest level, along with other international allies. Additionally, the war has caused serious distress throughout the country and in the office of the president, making it difficult to succeed. They have implemented an anti-corruption office, which is a key way to achieve less turmoil throughout the government. The EU accepted Ukraine as a candidate for membership last June and made seven recommendations, three of which relate to corruption. Also through monitoring by several countries, corruption can be limited by not only Ukraine but other countries.
Article Link: https://english.elpais.com/international/2023-02-04/kyiv-steps-up-fight-against-corruption-on-eve-of-eu-summit.html