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Gov't Action Program: A new anti-corruption policy and a new system of justice
09.12.2014 | 18:08
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

The Government’s Action Program provides the implementation of the Government's anti-corruption legislation, the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Agency as well as the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, lifestyle monitoring of civil servants, reforming of the judicial system as well as the Interior Ministry, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed presenting the Government’s Action Program at a meeting on Tuesday, December 9.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the Government along with the President of Ukraine had developed a package of five anti-corruption bills that had been already passed by the Parliament, "Now it’s about the implementation of these laws. First of all - the creation and launch of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the establishment and effective activity of the National Anti-Corruption Agency that is a preventive body established to combat corruption."

The PM has emphasized the need for the introduction of electronic declaration of incomes and expenditures of all public officials as well as monitoring of civil servants whether their declared income corresponds their way of life.

According to him, a separate question is the adopted law regarding the disclosure of information about the real owners of the business and assets owned by Ukrainian citizens, including officials: "The country should know what they own, and who owns and on what grounds it was purchased."

Talking about the reform of law enforcement, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the Ministry of Internal Affairs had developed a concept of reform of the Interior Ministry and a bill on the National Police was being submitted to the Parliament, "Abolishing of a number of non-core functions of the MIA, including those post-Soviet departments designed to combat crime and corruption, which headed crime and corruption."

According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the establishment of the State Bureau of Investigation is one more task, "The approved law deprived the Prosecutor's office of the functions of general surveillance and, therefore, conducting the investigation. And the State Bureau of Investigation will take over the functions of an independent investigative body for the related crimes".

"Without fair and transparent courts in Ukraine this is worth nothing. The corrupt system in state courts is killing the state, destroying property in the state, destroying any hope for the future. Frankly speaking, there have been no real changes in the judicial system for the last nine months," he said.

"Our task along with the Parliament and the President of Ukraine is to adopt a new law of Ukraine on the status of judges and the judicial system as well as complete re-certification of judges of Ukraine. To do this, the High Council of Justice shall be formed and act effectively," he said.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk also said that the Government would initiate amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on an introduction of a three-stage court system, "where the Supreme Court of Ukraine, as provided by the Constitution, would finally obtain the right of the highest judicial authority in the country."
It is also provided to simplify a number of judicial proceedings and ensure access to the judicial system. The Prime Minister stated that in the framework of this work amendments to all procedural codes of Ukraine would be submitted to the Parliament.

 

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