News: Vinnytsia Has Become a Leader in 2020 Transparency Rating Among Ukrainian Cities
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Vinnytsia Has Become a Leader in 2020 Transparency Rating Among Ukrainian Cities

March 10, the International Center for Policy Studies (ICPS) published the results of the annual Transparency Rating of Cities and Regions of Ukraine, led by the cities of Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi and Severodonetsk. Rivne, Vinnytsia, and Khmelnytskyi have taken the first places among the oblasts.

"These annual surveys have been conducted since 2017. Since then, Vinnytsia has consistently been in the top 3 in the ranking of urban transparency. It has topped it for the first time with a score of 99 out of 100 possible. A good incentive for the whole city team together with the community is to further develop their home city!", Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov notes on his Facebook page.

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Experts have assessed the transparency of the 50 largest cities in Ukraine, analyzing 77 transparency parameters of each City Council. They include budgeting, public procurement, social and administrative services, personnel and information policy, citizen participation, as well as community property management, professional ethics, etc. Vinnytsia became a winner in 2020 Transparency Rating with a score of 99 points out of 100 possible. The second place was taken by Khmelnytskyi, and the third one by Severodonetsk. The top 10 also includes Dnipro, Kyiv, Bakhmut, Ternopil, Kamianske, Kropyvnytskyi and Mukachevo.

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ICPS explained that questionnaire responses and responses to requests for information sent by the third party ("a secret client request") were used during the presentation of the results in order to determine the level of transparency. The publicly available information on official websites and from municipalities' profiles in Facebook was analyzed.

"The rating is especially relevant in connection with decentralization in Ukraine and the transfer of power to the local authorities. If earlier local budgets and decisions were controlled from the center, currently more power is transferred to the places. Local authorities are getting more important for citizens, and accordingly, public control over it is being strengthened," ICPS expert Yegor Kyian says.

The results and methodology of the Rating can be found on the project website: http://local-governments.icps.com.ua/?fbclid=IwAR1d9u2Zlc8r6rx88Zo2KsurII30LWfC6ZzpnlLBJ6dpvQ0VfXDwVxmIR1M

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The event was part of the initiative "Strengthening the Democratic Sustainability of Key State Institutions in Ukraine", implemented by the International Center for Policy Studies in partnership with the Institute for Economic and Social Reforms in Slovakia (INEKO).

The initiative is financially supported by the US Embassy in Ukraine and aims at increasing the effectiveness of local governments, civil society and public administration in creating and overseeing regional policy, management of state-owned enterprises, budget monitoring and openness of local government.