The three-year phase of building the ProZorro.Sale system is now complete. We transferred all the information bases to the state. From now on TI Ukraine will cooperate with it in terms of public oversight and support of the idea of transparent sale and disposal of property.
Fourth, we have successfully continued to work in the regions and with the regions. We have released the second Transparency Ranking of 100 Ukrainian cities, and many city councils are focusing on this research today. International technical assistance projects use our transparency measurement methodology in their work, and local NGOs advocate local change.
And finally, it is worth mentioning our expert and advocacy activities. While the first half of the year was mostly calm in this aspect, the last four months proved to be more active than in the previous months. And all thanks to the "turbo mode" in the Verkhovna Rada and the increased activity of the new heads of state. We actively participated in the development, advocacy, correction and amendment of the draft laws and regulations, which were then adopted - on public procurement, leasing of state and municipal property, restarting the NACP, and the jurisdiction of the High Anti-Corruption Court. We plan to continue doing so, and to monitor their proper implementation.
In 2019, we again demonstrated that we are ready to contribute to the changes in the country. Not only were we involved in the drafting of the bills, but we were also directly responsible for taking part in the selection committees of representatives of the anti-corruption bodies and the prosecutor's office. Our representative Kateryna Ryzhenko was the co-chair of the Selection Committee of the NAPC head. And I personally spent several weeks at the Prosecutor General's Office, taking part in the cleansing the system of unscrupulous prosecutors.
At the same time, with the obvious progress in establishing state institutions and new tools to prevent corruption, we continued to promote the achievements of our country in various international formats. We have promoted not only Ukraine's successes (ProZorro, ProZorro.Sale, anti-corruption infrastructure, electronic declarations, etc.), but also our organization's achievements - DOZORRO public monitoring and oversight projects and Transparent Cities. By the way, there is a huge demand in the world for the exchange of such experience, including from the governments of other countries.
In 2020, we will continue to develop new areas of activity. In particular, focusing on plans for a new wave of privatization, we have started cooperation with the State Property Fund. There is simple logic: the less the state is involved in the economy, the less corruption is observed in enterprises. So next year, our organization will monitor, support and offer new tools for this process.
TI Ukraine will also start a new phase of measuring city transparency, but this time with a focus on practical results and benefits for citizens. You will see the Transparent Cities program catch a new breath. It will be even larger in scope and will further evaluate the effects of decentralization and advocate for citizen participation in local governance. Next year will be difficult in this regard, given the expected local elections.
In 2020, an updated Law on Public Procurement is coming into force, the Second Procurement Revolution will take place, so we will actively monitor this process. At the same time, new legislation on leasing state and municipal property will come into force this year. We are already preparing a DOZORRO.Sale project for civil society to control the use of the ProZorro.Sale system.
And finally, it is in 2020 that the first serious verdicts of the High Anti-Corruption Court on top corruption cases will be made. This is also a challenge, as the level of distrust in public bodies and courts in our society remains extremely high. Therefore, only in real cases, indisputable from the point of view of justice and the rule of law, will the Judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court be able to increase their credibility. And since TI Ukraine initially emphasized the need for such a court, its high-profile sentences and their correct clarification to society will be a challenge for us as well.
2020 has already shown that it will be difficult. Corruption in the judiciary, which if not eradicated would scare away foreign investors, questionable appointments in law enforcement agencies offset any populist slogans about the era of justice, attempts to pressure the anti-corruption authorities, deepen the collapse and the already weak system of checks and balances. These are some of the many challenges to our country's development.
I am convinced that all these difficulties must be converted to new opportunities. And we know we will do everything we can to use them to minimize corruption and improve the lives of every Ukrainian citizen.
I believe that our organizational success is an integral part of the country's success. I know that in 2020 our ambitions and, I hope, the ambitions of the government will only grow. And we can finally prove to the world that Ukrainians are able not only to create anti-corruption infrastructure and to prevent corruption through innovative solutions but also to provide justice through the punishment of those responsible for the offenses.