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Government dismissed thirty-nine top officials under lustration
16.10.2014 | 15:00
Department of Information and Communication of the Secretariat of the CMU

The Government of Ukraine has decided to dismiss 39 high-ranking officials who are subject to the Law of Ukraine "On power purification", PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Thursday, October 16.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has reminded that the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution as to the implementation of the Law of Ukraine "On power purification", which came into force today.

He informed that the Government adopted a range of decisions on the dismissal of civil servants of the 1-3 categories. Moreover, he has recalled that ministers can be dismissed only by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, while first deputy ministers, heads of state agencies, heads of government departments and other heads of central executive bodies can be dismissed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

According to the basic provision of the Law of Ukraine "On power purification", the Government of Ukraine will dismiss a total of 39 high-ranking officials, of them 19 have voluntarily applied for resignation, the other 20 will be dismissed under the direct provision of the Law of Ukraine "On power purification", namely based on lustration," Arseny Yatsenyuk informed.

According to him, these are heads of central executive bodies, first deputy ministers, deputy ministers.

He has also informed that the Government is making an urgent submission to the President of Ukraine on the dismissal of the head of Kirovohrad Regional State Administration, "who should be dismissed according to the lustration law", as well as 10 members of national committees.

We expect the President of Ukraine will promptly take appropriate decisions on the dismissal of these officials, Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined.

Dismissed officials, said the Prime Minister, would not be able to work in government agencies in the next ten years.

The Prime Minister has noted that the Ministry of Justice is the main body in carrying out inspection: "In every ministry is creating an appropriate committee, which performs a monitoring function to check autobiographies and property status of each applicant for public service and every public servant who falls under the Law "On lustration."

As for the verification of property status, such a commission shall submit a property declaration to the State Fiscal Service, and then the State Fiscal Service within 60 days should check the authenticity of the data included in the tax declaration as to the reality of these data and their relevance and accuracy, the PM emphasized.

The Prime Minister has stressed that this is only the first stage of implementation of the law. It is performed on the basis of operational inspection in the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers: "These are those persons who are dismissed indisputably."

The next stage of inspections, according to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, will be launched from November 2014. The first check includes the Prime Minister, First Vice Prime Minister, Vice Prime Ministers, Ministers and heads of central executive bodies, which are not members of the Cabinet of Ministers, Head of the National Bank, Chairman of the Central Election Commission, members of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council, the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, the State Security Department, Head of the Presidential Administration, the head of State Management of Affairs, the head of the Cabinets Secretariat, Government Agent for Anti-Corruption Policy, members of all national commissions as well as the leadership of the Ministry of Defence and General Staff.

"The second wave of check involves the Minister of Justice and his deputies, heads of the Minister of Justice, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Fiscal Service, the Security Service of Ukraine and the relevant departments, judicial administration and the relevant departments, the Attorney General and his deputies and officials of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine," he stated.

The duration of the first two sets of inspection: these inspections start in November 2014 and end in January and February 2015.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has noted that the procedure is rather cumbersome and complex, as it is held in Ukraine for the first time: " But we will take all measures to accelerate inspections as biographical data and data on the property status of all officials, prosecutors, police officers as well as judges."

The third wave of inspections, according to the PM, concerns judges. It will take one year - from December 2014 to December 2015: "We have about 9000 judges. All professional judges, judges of the High Council of Justice and members of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine will be inspected under the Law "On power purification".

From March 2015 to May will be checked first deputy and deputy ministers, heads of central executive bodies, who are not members of the Cabinet of Ministers, all of them: first deputies and deputies chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine; first deputy and deputy Chairmen of the Security Service of Ukraine; Presidential Administration, managers of the State Management of Affairs, deputies in the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers. That means a number of low-ranking officials, including heads of local, regional prosecutors, military prosecutors, bodies of internal affairs.

From April 2015 to June 2016 - regional officials of the Ministry of Justice, officials of the local bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, local subdivisions of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. From June 2015 to December 2016 will be checked officials, except elected ones, bodies of state and local governments. And from September 2015 to December 2016 - military officials of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and others formed under the laws of military units, except contract servicemen as well as mobilized soldiers.

The Government has adopted the first decisions on the dismissal of high-ranking officials, subject to the Law of Ukraine "On power purification." We need a new quality of the public service, new people who are professional, honest, credible - by the way, let them earn credibility - and do not have the burden of the corruption of the past, which is inherent in the public service, judiciary, police and prosecution authorities, the PM stated.

The PM has noted that it will be difficult to find experts at the first stage: But it is impossible to leave as it was, because this is the route to nowhere. All that these people could do, they did. Now new people with new strength, a new vision, the correct values must take their places and implement changes and reforms in the country. It is necessary to do it to give people this opportunity.


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