MEPs are concerned about the attacks on the anti-corruption Agency in Ukraine
The European Parliament urges the Ukrainian authorities to continue the reform programme in accordance with the obligations and ensure the independence of anti-corruption bodies.
This is stated in a joint statement, the key MEPs dealing with issues of Ukraine: Rebecca harms, Dariusz Rosati and Michael Bay.
“We would like to Express our deep concern about recent events in the field of combating corruption, in particular regarding the unprecedented attacks on the anti-corruption institutions (in particular, the National anti-corruption Bureau NABS) and the release of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on preventing and combating corruption”, – said in a statement.
Members noted that anti-corruption agencies and activists should not be prosecuted by the authorities, and Vice versa, you must grant them autonomy, space, and resources to “effectively work to save the country from the plague of corruption.”
“Similarly, the judiciary must be free from any political interference and all judicial procedures shall be in accordance with international standards,” – said in a statement.
As reported, the draft law of Ukraine No. 7362 “On amendments to some laws of Ukraine to ensure parliamentary control”, the Verkhovna Rada planned to consider on December 7.
In the case of the adoption of this document, anti-corruption bodies would fall into dependence on the leadership of the state, which would mean curtailing in Ukraine anti-corruption reforms.
The bill was tabled in Parliament on 6 December by the heads of factions of the BPP and people’s front of Arthur Gerasimov and Maksym Burbak.
Information taken from: http://www.eurointegration.com.ua/news/2017/12/12/7074948/