Our city is one of the first ones where the Memorandum on Cooperation under the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative (EUACI) Program was signed. This program is a technical assistance to Ukraine from the EU in the field of fighting corruption. It has been implemented for three years.
The Memorandum provides cooperation between two parties within the EUACI project ‘Cities of Virtue’. The project is aimed at assisting local authorities in reducing the risks of corruption and will also contribute to greater involvement of citizens in the control of public authorities.
We remind that this year in February the Program was presented in Mariupol. And after analyzing the cities of Ukraine, Mariupol entered the Top-5 in terms of transparency and the desire for development.
The City Mayor Vadim Boichenko told the head of the program Eka Tkeshelashvili about the steps that have already been taken in Mariupol in the direction of eradicating corruption. In her turn, she stressed that the task of the Program is to strengthen those processes in the field of transparency which have already been started in Ukraine. And she noted that Mariupol is interesting because it is dynamically developing and not problematic in comparison with other cities in terms of fighting corruption.
‘The changes that must be felt by the citizens in their daily lives should be a result of cooperation. It is important to involve the public into the processes. It should be a synergy of public and city authorities,’ Eka Tkeshelashvili said.
Within the program, the following key tools will be implemented in the city. Among them there is an open budget, an electronic portal where the city plans and future purchases will be displayed, a systematic approach to the management of the city, changes in the education of the city - the citizens of the city should know where the budgetary funds and money, collected by parents, are spent.