Klitschko: Without tackling corruption, we cannot even think of becoming a truly modern European country

08.02.2015 09:50

The world wants to see Ukraine a modern European state. But it is impossible to become a European democratic state without tackling corruption, leader of the UDAR Party, mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko told journalists after "Tackling state fragility and failure: the corruption dimension" panel at the Munich security conference.

“Today corruption holds back defence and development of Ukraine. At the panel we talked about corruption in the army and Ukraine’s economy, which does not allow developing. This is really one of the biggest threats to democracy. That is why without tackling corruption, we cannot even think of becoming a truly modern European country,” Klitschko emphasized.

The mayor noted that corruption is the concern of the whole world. “It is difficult to believe but the former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt spoke about corruption in Sweden. Then we discussed it from Ukrainian perspective. We understand that Ukraine is one of the most corrupted countries of the world, and we have to undertake many steps to change the situation. Other countries have great experience in tackling corruption. In particular, we discussed examples of Georgia and Poland. Today Ukraine has to resort to this experience,” Klitschko said.

 

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