Policy Proposals on the Conflict of Interest in the Ukrainian Parliament

This paper studies the concept of conflict of interest (COI) in the Verkhovna Rada, as well as proposes the possible ways to manage it and to introduce a policy thereon. The analysis has revealed that 9% of Ukrainian MPs may have a conflict of interest, but the dispersed legislation, lack of a coherent COI policy, insufficient sanctions, and the inert oversight bodies make it impossible not only to resolve the existing conflicts, but also to prevent the potential ones. The nature of the parliamentary representative function implies existence of certain conflicts of interest, therefore it is extremely important to avert them and to ensure the inevitability of punishment for violation of the existing norms and measures through the use of a comprehensive policy.

 

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The preparation and presentation of Policy Proposals is part of the project embodied by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, supported by the USAID Rada Program: Responsible Accountable Democratic Assembly, implemented by the East Europe Foundation.