The Justice Ministry tops the ranking of reformist executive bodies, according to the Cabinet of Ministers. It has executed 63 percent of the government’s action plan adopted on Dec. 11. The ecology and energy ministries were at the bottom, only fulfilling 4 percent and 14 percent of the action plan, respectively.
Deregulation of freight processing procedures took effect in the country’s seaports on Sept. 8. The number of vessel inspections has been reduced and an electronic system was introduced to simplify freight registration and cut the opportunities for corrupt officials to extort bribes.
The reforms, initiated by the Infrastructure Ministry, are expected to save the country at least Hr 5 billion yearly.
Parliament on Sept. 3 passed a transparent media ownership bill that was recommended by the Council of Europe. The public can now link the ownership of media with their editorial policies. Moreover, Russian citizens are barred from owning online media outlets in Ukraine.
Via the passage of the law on e-commerce, parliament has now ensured that deals completed electronically have the same status as paper deals and purchase contracts.
According to changes that parliament made to the tax code on Sept. 3, three of Ukraine’s westernmost oblasts will now be able to channel surplus funds from customs revenues into much-needed road repairs and improvements. However, the new funding method will only kick in if Volyn, Odesa or Lviv oblasts manage stamp out customs cor- ruption and collect more funds than projected in the budget.
The State Treasury of Ukraine has made information on enforcement of court decisions public. It can be accessed at: http://www.treasury.gov. ua/main/uk/docsearch/list.
The Cabinet of Ministers on Aug. 26 reduced the number of licensing bodies from 33 to 26.
Starting from Aug. 21, the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine opened up online access to information on trademark applications, which will be updated on a daily basis. This will allow trademark owners to monitor applications that might violate their intellectual property rights, and to block their registration through appeal procedures, according to Alla Zharinova, the head of the Intellectual Property Service.