Ukraine’s Corrupt Bureaucracy Needs Many More Years Before It Can Implement EU Law

An interview with Ukrainian economist Vladimir Dubrovskiy

5 August 2022

The implementation of European laws in order for Ukraine to join the EU is not possible until its bureaucracy adopts a ‘European spirit.’

Vladimir Dubrovskiy

What no one would have expected just a year ago, Ukraine became a candidate for EU membership on 23 June 2022. But beyond the gesture and the evident political support, in which ways could this nation, now a victim of brutal Russian aggression, benefit from it? Even before the invasion It was one of the poorest countries in Europe. Only Moldova, the other new candidate, had a lower GDP per capita. 

It had a bad reputation for the high level of corruption, its notorious oligarchic system, and the low standards of jurisdiction. Is Ukraine mature enough for the candidacy, or, from another point of view, what can the EU do to bring its government and economy closer to the West? 

I asked about these issues Vlad (Volodymyr) Dubrovskiy, senior economist of CASE Ukraine, an expert on political and institutional economics, who was preparing a book on the effects of the Revolution of Dignity with co-authors Kateryna Ivashchenko and Kálmán Mizsei until the invasion interrupted their work.


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János Széky

Hungarian journalist and literary translator. He is a foreign issues editor and a staff columnist for Élet és Irodalom, a weekly political and cultural magazine based in Budapest. Author of the book Bárányvakság (Ovine Blindness, 2015), an essay on the 20th century historical factors which resulted in, and shaped Viktor Orbán's authoritarian system. He has translated American works of fiction by, among others, Thomas Pynchon, Norman Mailer, and Don DeLillo, as well as non-fiction books on politics, music, and the history of culture. He hosts a bi-weekly talk show on the independent radio station Tilos Rádió and is a regular commentator for (Dunajská Streda, Slovakia). He has been a contributor to Czech, Slovak, and Polish papers and magazines like Respekt (Prague), Sme (Bratislava), or New Eastern Europe (Kraków).


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