Overcoming bribery in Ukraine: myth or reality?

On October 22 at Lviv national University named after Ivan Franko was held an anti-corruption seminar on the theme: "Will anti-corruption legislation lead to the reducing of the level of corruption in Ukraine?". The event was organized with the assistance of the national movement "Say No to bribery! I do not take and do not give bribes", whose main purpose is to unite the Ukrainians in the fight against corruption, education of the maximum number of Ukrainians who in their personal and professional life don't give or take bribes.
During the event a speaker - Sergiy Gulo (coordinator of the respective movements) highlighted a number of issues associated with the analysis of the phenomenon of corruption: familiarized the participants with the statistical dates regarding the level of corruption in Ukraine, named the most corrupt regions of Ukraine, including the Lviv region, reflected the percentage of corruption in various spheres of public life: the judiciary, law enforcement, medicine, education, the provision of services by public authorities or bodies of local self-government.
In this case, the key attention was paid to the implementation of the provisions of the new anticorruption legislation of Ukraine, including the Law of Ukraine "On the National anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine". Discussion was focused on the following drawbacks of the new anti-corruption legislation as: financial control of the reliability of information of declarations of officials, anti-corruption expertise of legal acts and public access to information of declarations of officials.
"Of course, the adoption of legislative acts, which improved the system of anti-corruption policy of Ukraine, can be considered as a success on the road to European integration. However, you can not "correct" norms of the Law, which came into force, to be justified by the desire to achieve appropriate results. Today we can read the comments of the experts who are sounding the alarm, having analyzed norms of anti-corruption legislation. Its disadvantages are the following: ambiguous understanding of legislative acts, errors in applying the law, the use of norms in order to avoid from the responsibility or minimize the consequences of such responsibility, the lack of consistency in the work of law enforcement and the judiciary , inefficient application of the disciplinary and civil liability of corrupt officials and the like. While practitioners offered an adequate solution to problems. But will they be taken into consideration by the legislators? Why, for example, today the question of studying the Declaration of assets of officials is considered to be one of the best means of identifying whether a person is corrupt or not? Probably each of us understands the scantiness of the effect of an instrument to the attainment of the truth. Today we must fight for the improvement of the current legislation, notably by proposals to improve the norms regulating the election to the positions of the respective servants of NAB of Ukraine. The establishment of such a body and ensuring its effective functioning – is another chance for the development of our country. A chance we cannot lose," said the lawyer, member of the NGO "Community Development" Solomiya Starosolska.