On Thursday, January 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on the privatization of state property. Most members of the Samopomich Union faction supported the document.
MP Roman Semenukha stresses: “There was a difficult discussion. Today it is the management of state-owned companies that is one of the biggest sources of corruption. The more property the state has, the more corruption there is. In addition, there is no effective state owner. Therefore, there is no doubt that privatization must be carried out.
However, we have to realize that often it was the opaque privatization itself that became the source of enrichment of certain categories of people.
It was also because of the opaque privatization that Russia and Russian capital penetrated into the Ukrainian state and the economy.”
Speaking of important aspects of the document, the deputy notes: “Thanks to the amendment of Samopomich, it is now possible to exclude Russian beneficiaries from the competition – both as legal entities and as individual potential buyers. Secondly, we managed to defend the rule that the acquisition of property should only take place after the relevant decision of the Antimonopoly Committee.
Thirdly, due to the consistent position of our colleague Viktoriia Voitsitska, gas distribution systems have been excluded as a strategic object that cannot be privatized.”
“In fact, the whole struggle for transparent privatization is still ahead. This is an uneasy, but right way,” concludes Roman Semenukha.