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Reforming Labor Relations


Land Reform (lifting the moratorium)

The basis for labor legislation currently in force in Ukraine is a Code of Labor Laws that has been in effect since soviet times. Even the more than 600 amendments made to it over the last 20 years have not made it capable of regulating labor issues in a democratic country with a market economy.   Ukrainian society and most political forces have acknowledged the inevitability of forming a proper market for farmland. Still, the absence of a focused state policy and the lack of information mean that most voters are afraid that instituting a market for farmland will cost them their properties...

Pension Reform


Regional Integration

Ukraines pension system is currently ineffective because it does not match todays demographic, social, economic and political realities. Firstly, the pensionable age in Ukraine remains unchanged since 1928. Using public policy instruments makes it possible for the Government to choose the best configuration of pension reforms and to ensure public consensus around the need to carry it out.   Ordinary Ukrainians and most of the countrys political forces recognize that Ukraine belongs to Europe and deserves to become a full-fledged member of the European Union one day. Ukrainian voters and their Government also favor a mutually beneficial, friendly, stable and predictable strategic partnership with Russia. These two vectors are sometimes seen as contradictory, but...

Protecting Ukraine's Consumers


Education Reform

Consumer protection is an integral part of human rights. Independent Ukraines history of regulation and practice in this area dates back to 1991, when a framework law was introduced. This system emerged from the soviet one, based on detailed technical quality standards that ensured the homogeneity of products all across the USSR while severely restricting variety and quantity. However, such standards dont work in an open market economy: instead of ensuring consumer safety, they ensure bureaucratic pressure on business.   Ukraine has every possibility to improve the quality of education and to ensure that it is connected to the labor market. All stakeholders agree that reform is very much needed. However, the means for undertaking such reforms and the depth of reform needed are seen very differently...