European Integration Index 2013 for EaP Countries launched in Kyiv

Dynamics of reforms in Ukraine is much inferior to the level of change in such countries as Moldova, Georgia and even Armenia. These are the results of "Index of European integration of the countries of the Eastern Partnership 2013"
According to experts, over the years 2012-2013 Ukraine worsened performance in such areas as elections, the level of media freedom and assembly, and also demonstrated the inability to guarantee the independence of the judiciary.
Presenting the results of the study, Irina Solonenko, University " Viadrina ", Germany/Ukraine, said that Ukraine in terms of judicial independence is the fourth of six Eastern Partnership countries. Also the Law «On Prevention and Combating Discrimination in Ukraine» adopted in 2012 does not meet EU standards. There is no characteristic of sexual orientation among those that prohibit discrimination on the basis of the Labour Code. It holds back Ukraine's transition to the second phase of the Action Plan on visa liberalization with the EU.
Moldova has already passed to the second phase, and Georgia, which received a plan earlier this year, technically almost caught up with Ukraine. IWP senior analyst Leonid Litra, describing the performance of Moldova, said that in 2013 the legislative work is slowing down due to the active efforts of the implementing legislation, which have been adopted early.
The expert emphasizes that Ukraine has not even used the funds which have been provided by the EU (since 2011 170 million of direct budget support have been 'frozen' because of failure to comply with the relevant EU requirements), while Moldova, Georgia and Armenia received additional funding from the EU in 2012.
The areas in which Ukraine achieved some success are: the protection of human rights, public administration, the fight against corruption and government accountability. Overall, according to the results of the study, Ukraine does not fully taking advantage of opportunities offered by the EU and slows performance of some fundamental reforms, primarily due to lack of political will.
The Index is developed by independent civil society experts from Eastern Partnership countries and EU who advocate reforms related to European integration and is supported by the Open Society Institute.

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