Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk suggests to the Cabinet of Ministers to discharge
an MP Viktor Chumak from
the NAPC (National
Agency for Prevention of Corruption) and announce another contest
to fill the post of the Agency’s member. The Head of
Government declared at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday,
Under the law, there were selected
three members of the Agency. However, one of the NAPC members, an MP
Viktor Chumak, refuses from this work.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to Deputy
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for European Integration
Olena Zerkal with a
request to explain how this might affect the fulfilment
of the criteria for granting Ukraine
a visa-free regime with the EU.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed
that this issue is now under special control, as all the necessary
legislation has been adopted, the only unfulfilled requirement
remains the launch of the NAPC.
The Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo
Petrenko stressed that according to the law on prevention of corruption, the National Agency
for Prevention of Corruption, as a collective body, starts
functioning if at least three members - the
majority of the composition – have been selected: "When there are
only two members of the NAPC, it is not functional and cannot exercise
If the MP Viktor Chumak urgently withdraws his application, will
remain the NAPC member, highlighted the Head
of the Government, it can operate, "thus, we
will fulfil this point necessary for granting the
Arseniy Yatsenyuk offered
to publicly appeal to Viktor Chumak: "He should, within 24 hours,
to inform the Government whether
he made a conscious decision that he does not want to work for
the National Agency
for Prevention of Corruption. If no (does not want to work – ed.)
it means that we have to fire him and hold the competition again.
It means the delay, but we have
no other option".
Later during a Government meeting Arseniy
Yatsenyuk informed that Viktor Chumak "has decided to choose the status
of an MP between the work for the NAPC
and the work for the Parliament ".
"So, we have to announce another
competition. It's a pity that we cannot trigger
operation of the National
Agency for Prevention of Corruption ",
The Prime Minister emphasized
that he would submit a proposal to the Cabinet of
Ministers to dismiss Viktor Chumak from the NAPC,
to which he had been selected through
the transparent contest.