The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will
appeal to the High Qualification Commission
of Judges of Ukraine and the High Council of Justice with a demand
to conduct an open verification of the actions of
judges who took decisions that block the appointment of CEOs to
state-owned enterprises, those to be selected
through open public competitions. This was
stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a
meeting of the Government on Wednesday, May
"I will sign today this
appeal to the High Qualification Commission of Judges
of Ukraine. We will ask the High Qualification Commission
and the High Council of Justice not to be indifferent, to consider
these issues and to inform the public. I think it's rather important from the
point of view of trust to the High Qualification
Commission, to the High Council of Justice by the
society," stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
The Head of Government noted that in Ukraine
there had been launched public contests
with the Nomination Committee to
select chairmen of the public
enterprises. They have managed to appoint
a few candidates, but “with regards to
many of such enterprises, which belong to the
Ukrainian people, the courts, the judiciary authorities are blocking
the holding of such competitions, which is absolutely
unacceptable," he urged.
Volodymyr Groysman gave examples of
enterprises SE Ukrspyrt
and PJSC Centrenerho,
with billions assets, and in which today’s
rulings of courts blocked the competitions.
"I think certain
judicial officials want to leave things the way it
was, as usual. Not going to be the same,”
said Volodymyr Groysman. “Until now, state-owned
enterprises remain a source of corruption as leaders aren’t appointed
transparently. This situation must change".
The Prime Minister emphasized
that the Ukrainian Government would respond
to such cases of incorrect decisions issued by
judges, inform publicly which courts or officials
adjudge and would appeal for such information to justice
authorities. "The Government will do everything to make this
information public knowledge. We will not hide anything and will
fight to protect each particular right to public appointment," he said.
"I wish that honest representatives of the judiciary
could understand that we share the same views
with regard to the desire to completely
destroy any old schemes.
But regarding all those who consider they may declare
in the name of Ukraine their personal decisions, we will provide
legal treatment in line
with Ukrainian legislation", stressed the Head of Government.
Volodymyr Groysman called on the
Ministry of Justice to continue the analysis and monitoring of illegal rulings
by judges, those hampering the competition
process. He also appealed to MPs to join an initiative to disclose
information about such cases. "Such shameful decisions
that allow them to exploit state-owned
enterprises should get public and legal
assessment", highlighted the Head of Government.
Moreover, the Prime Minister noted that the
outdated, flawed judiciary "which allows to deliver
rulings, depending on how events transpire"
must be changed to restore the trust of Ukrainian citizens.