This reassurance was expressed by Minister of Incomes and Taxation of Ukraine, Oleksandr Klymenko in the course of a join meeting between the Regional State Administration and Kharkiv Regional Council today.

Minister claims that corruption risks account for the lack of citizens` trust in authorities and executive power institutions and constitute an obstacle for business development. An efficient regional program for corruption prevention and elimination is necessary, first of all, due to illegal interference into entrepreneurial activity.

Oleksandr Klymenko mentioned that not only Ukrainian citizens and businessmen are concerned about the corruption problem but also large foreign businesses including EBRD.

“Nowadays, corruption problem is especially keen in customs issues” he said. “Having the Ministry established, we plan to expand onto customs service the efficient system of corruption cases inner audit already implemented in taxation service.”

Minister deems it necessary to not only react to corruption cases but also take preventive measures: “Automatic system of corruption level monitoring belongs to newest methods of corruption prevention. It is a considerable analytical instrument making possible on-line revealing of corruption risks in particular subdivisions of taxation service.”

According to Minister, during the past two years, the level of corruption in the taxation service dropped by one third due to the monitoring system, and now the time has come for customs service.

“Corruption constitutes a systematic risk. And we will allow no appeals in our fight against these cases” stressed Minister of Incomes and Taxation of Ukraine, Oleksandr Klymenko.

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