Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed about the achievements of the Government
in combating corruption at a briefing following the meeting with U.S. Commerce Secretary
Penny Pritzker on Monday, October 26.
Answering a question, the Prime Minister stressed that "the most rampant
corruption that existed in the energy sector was gas corruption":
"This corruption does not exist anymore. I deem it to be an outstanding achievement.
There was a lot
of talk but a poor result, yet we have yielded results. We
have no intermediaries now, we have only direct agreements with Europe, we have the direct agreement with Russia. And
due to the direct and transparent agreements, there are no kickbacks in the gas
sector in the energy company Naftogaz."
The Government also managed to "break off the 20-year story when the
whole privatization was exclusively in the hands of the Ukrainian
reminded that he made the decision which forbids the sale of 5% of Odesa port-side plant until changes to be made in the law on
privatization and order of the state property assessment, "Because I know that
this 5% would be purchased not by a foreign investor, but by one of the Ukrainian oligarchs.
then there will no foreign investors."
Much has been done in terms of deregulation, the Prime Minister noted:
"The less permits, the less agencies carrying out checks, the less
In order to solve the problem of domestic corruption, Arseniy
"The Government has done a lot through open data, open registers and the
creation of administrative services centers."
At the same time, the Prime Minister pointed out that corruption in Ukraine
remained in the State Fiscal Service, customs and those bodies that still have
He noted that he would like to make clear that "the Government has no
right and opportunity either under the law or without the law to give any
orders neither to the Prosecutor’s Office nor the Anti-Corruption Bureau, nor
the courts that are completely independent."
"Their job is to implement anti-corruption legislation and put in
jail. It is not the Government's task. The task of the Government is
deregulation, as well as adoption of appropriate decisions. This is for which I
am personally responsible. The Government should carry out a fair and transparent
privatization, improve the management in public companies, while the Prosecutor’s
Office and Anti-Corruption Bureau must bring to justice those guilty of
corruption crimes," he stressed.
To that end, Arseniy Yatsenyuk
highlighted, the Government found funding for the National Anti-Corruption
appreciate the contribution of the U.S. Government, which conducted training of
anti-corruption detectives," he added.
expressed hope that in the near future it would be elected, nominated and
appointed an anti-corruption prosecutor, "that is a key prerequisite for
the implementation of anti-corruption law."
Another important issue is reforming of the Prosecutor’s Office. Arseniy
Yatsenyuk stressed the need of creating a new State Investigation
Government has already submitted a relevant bill to the Parliament and it has
already passed the first reading. This
bill, the Prime Minister stressed, "clearly
indicates that we deprive the Prosecutor’s Office of a range of responsibilities":
"Today, the Prosecutor's Office is a huge monster that controls everything
in the country, from an investigator to an investigation. It is wrong. We
believe that the Parliament should support the creation of the State Bureau of
Investigation in the second reading."
emphasized that the Parliament should also back a radical judicial reform proposed
by the Government: "We believe that you need to replace all 9,000 judges in
an appropriate way, within the law. The judiciary is at the heart
of corruption. The rule of
law is the foundation of every democratic state, while the rule of law is based
on an independent and fair judicial system."
The Prime Minister also stressed the need to increase payments to public
officials: "If a civil servant, for example at the customs, gets a hundred
dollars per a month, he/she will take bribes." Arseniy
Yatsenyuk said that he had appealed to European
partners to "create a donor fund for salaries for civil servants who can
actually carry out reforms in the country."
"This is our agenda of combating corruption," Arseniy
Yatsenyuk pointed out.