On Tuesday, November 10, the Parliament
approved law No. 2540a "On amendments to
the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine regarding certain issues of
seizure of property aimed at eliminating corruption risks in the process of application of it".
291 MPs supported the law.
Before the vote, Prime
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk stressed: "There
is no doubt that everyone wants Ukrainian
citizens could get a visa-free regime. And
for this purpose the Parliament together with the Government are vigorously
working to enact appropriate laws," he said.
However, the Head of
Government stressed that the legal analysis indicates that the
bill does not comply with European legislation: "Unless the adopted law complies with European
legislation it will become a prerequisite for not giving a free visa regime for Ukraine".
He noted that the
Parliament members didn’t demonstrate complete unity concerning the
withdrawal of amendments, "which introduced significant changes in the anti-corruption
laws and deprive law enforcement agencies of a
function of combating corruption".
Following the vote on this bill, he stressed,
there would be provided a legal
conclusion of the European Union: "If in compliance
with this legal report the law [which was adopted] isn’t approved by
the European Commission as the
law harmonizing with the European
legislation, then the President of Ukraine shall
make appropriate proposals to the Parliament or we will vote again on this bill in order to obtain a visa-free