Is It Possible to Forego the Influence of Oligarchs?
With snap parliamentary elections coming up on 26th October, once again the question of party financing is on the top of the Ukrainian political agenda. The Kyiv city council elections have demonstrated how difficult moving into parliament, be it local or national, is for new political forces that took shape in the EuroMaidan aftermath. This is due not least to the fact that there are no rules governing party financing - and no transparency on the vast sums of money being spent on election campaigns.
On 3rd September the Round Table "State Funding of Political Parties - Is It Possible to Forego the Influence of Oligarchs" took place in Kyiv, organised by the Centre of Political Studies and Analysis (CPSA).
Victor Taran, Expert of CPSA, presented the results of a nationwide expert survey "Definition of the Algorithm of State Funding for Political Parties and Election Campaigns" that CPSA undertook with the support of USAID, UNITER and Pact. The complete study is available in Ukrainian.
Ruslan Riaboshapka, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Viktor Tschumak, MP and Head of the parliamentary anti-corruption committee, Denys Kovryzhenko, expert of electoral law with IFES and Svitlana Kononchuk, expert with the Ukrainian Independent Centre of Political Studies discussed the prospects for transparency of political party funding in Ukraine.
With the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Aušra Mikulskienė, Fundraising Manager with the Lithuanian Movement of Liberals, gave profound insides into the European experience of political party funding.