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Parliamentary integrity, transparency and accountability: seminar for members of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada

A seminar on parliamentary integrity, transparency and accountability took place on 27-28 February 2020 for members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, organised by PACE and hosted by the Parliament of Finland.

The event aimed to support the Ukrainian parliament in its anti-corruption efforts, including as regards financing of political parties which it has defined as one of its political priorities, and forms part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021.

The Verkhovna Rada has made progress so far at national level in combating corruption, participants heard, including the process of amending anti-corruption legislation, steps to tackle absenteeism, and - in line with PACE Resolutions on Parliamentary immunity and Promoting integrity – the lifting of immunity of a number of parliamentarians.

Members of the Verkhovna Rada were also briefed on parliamentary anti-corruption structures and mechanisms existing in other Council of Europe member States, using case studies from Finland, Latvia, Sweden, Lithuania and Italy.

The seminar also covered methods for creating an attitude of trust and confidence within the institution and among the population in general, the advantages of a Code of Conduct for parliamentarians, the need for public scrutiny of parliamentary work by independent media, and ways to improve public perception of the work of parliament.

Further actions of the Parliamentary Assembly will focus on assisting the Verkhovna Rada to develop and adopt a Code of Conduct for members.