CSE and CIS
Ukrainian commentators are fairly sceptical in their assessment of the chances of two former deputy PM – Polish Leszek Balcerowicz and Slovac Ivan Miklos – who are to assist in reforming the Ukrainian economy. Considering the extremely difficult wartime conditions in the eastern and southern parts of the country, it will be hard to put through even the best reformist ideas.
After last year's failure, the Ukrainian government plans a huge sale of state-owned companies in 2016. But critics worry that rather than helping reform the inefficient and corrupt economy, privatisation will strengthen the grip of Ukraine’s oligarchics.
In November 2015, the Ukrainian parliament decided to extend the expiring moratorium on the sale of agricultural land for an additional year. However, the battle for control over one of the world's largest resources of “black soil” (the chernozem) has just begun.