Yuri Lutsenko: large privatization, the use of natural resources and an overhaul of customs is needed to overcome corruption in Ukraine

Yuri Lutsenko: large privatization, the use of natural resources and an overhaul of customs is needed to overcome corruption in Ukraine
15 September 2018

In order to effectively fight corruption in Ukraine, large-scale privatization of state-owned enterprises should be implemented, shadow schemes at the customs should be destroyed and the use of natural resources should be implemented, said Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko, at the 15th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting themed “The Next Generation of Everything” and organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

“The Leadership and society need to bridge at least three key gaps that are sources of corruption in Ukraine. The first national-scale source [of corruption] is the huge state-owned sector. There are three thousand state-owned enterprises in Ukraine – there is no other place like that except for China. Out of those, 70% declare that they are loss-making. Loss-making for the State, however, they are much more profitable for all the party bosses both in the opposition and in the coalition”, said Lutsenko.
In the Prosecutor General’s opinion, a large privatization can provide a solution to the problem.
The other two major sources of corruption, according to Lutsenko, are the operation of the customs and the State Service of Geology Natural Resources. “It is evident to everybody, that 30% of the customable goods bypass the state’s pocket. A special regime should be introduced, and that is what I hope the Government has already started doing. The third problem is issuing licenses for mineral wealth extraction, and this is the foundation for the whole Ukrainian oligarchy”, the Prosecutor General said.
In Lutsenko’s opinion, the fight against corruption exclusively through criminal prosecution will not produce the desired effect. “Ukraine is a huge boat: the lower holds of which were full of water after the revolution. Installing a pump and getting rid of the water without plugging the gaps in the budget, these colossal opportunities, is a Sisyphean task”, concluded the Prosecutor General.

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