Minister of Finance of Ukraine launches official web-portal with data on public spending

9/17/15

On September 15, 2015, the project “E-Data” and the official web-portal delivering information on public spending were presented at the Ministry of Finance. The Minister of Finance Nataliya Jaresko, her deputy Oxana Markarova, the deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Dmytro Shymkiv, the first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy, the Head of the State Treasury Service Tetyana Slyuz, the Manager of the project Olexandr Shchelokov and the head of the Centre for political studies and analysis Viktor Taran participated in the presentation.

The project marks the first step towards the implementation of a transparent state budget and offers free tracing of public spending. The web-portal contributes to more transparency in the system of public finances and budgeting procedures and secures the right of the citizens to receive accurate data on public spending online. It shall also contribute to the prevention of corruption, since every citizen will be able to trace the payments effected by all public authorities and state-owned enterprises as well as the recipients of state funds, purpose and sum of transfers. The data shall be updated every day and comprise approximately 1 ml transactions daily.

Opening the presentation, the Minister of Finance Nataliya Jaresko said: «We are launching a revolutionary IT-platform which for the first time in the Ukrainian history will make public spending open for everyone. We are asking all representatives of the civil society, all media and all citizens to use our new web-portal».

The first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy said: «This not just a web-portal, this one more brick for building the successful Ukraine. Our core task here is to fight corruption».

The deputy head of the Presidential Administration Dmytro Shymkiv added that «Ukraine is leading the way worldwide not only in launching an open portal on public spending, but also in granting access to open data enabling analysts to receive the necessary information, to issue reports based on this information and to search for potential corruption or misuse».

«Today’s launch of the web-portal is the first stage in the complete opening of public spending, in a year Ukraine will receive a fully integrated system for the transparent state budget which is unprecedented worldwide in term of openness», the Head of the State Treasury Service Tetyana Slyuz said.

Information on the entities entitled to manage public funds of the state budget and local budgets as well as the social security funds and the Pension Fund and on the recipients of these funds is planned to be released for free access in November this year. Starting from January 2016 it is planned to release information on the use of public funds by state-owned and municipal enterprises.

The official web-portal on the use of public funds is already open under http://e-data.gov.ua/

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