An apparently obscure piece of legislation offers a useful insight into the challenges facing the way Ukraine’s system of governance works; and a good indication of whether Ukrainian governance is improving.
The Ukrainian government agreed in 2010 to adopt a public procurement law in line with EU standards. Public procurement means the buying of goods and services by official organs of the state.
It may sound obscure, but such purchases involve a lot of money – in the EU, public procurement is worth around €2 trillion (thousand billion) a year. This makes a good public procurement law vital for any country.