Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has asked the parliamentary faction of Batkivshchyna party to consider the issue of Ihor
Shevchenko’s remaining in office and take a responsible political decision,
which should be approved by the parliamentary coalition, adviser to the Prime
Minister Ukraine Danylo Lubkivsky
said this on Monday, June 22.
He informed that
on June 17 Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk received a request signed by the Chairman
of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine concerning the statement of MPs of Ukraine on
the presence of corruption offenses in the actions of Minister of Ecology and
Natural Resources of Ukraine Ihor Shevchenko,
demanding to submit for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the
dismissal from his office.
On the same day,
according to the adviser to the Prime Minister, the PM gave urgent orders to
the National Agency for Civil Service and other authorities to check facts for
the presence of corruption offenses in the actions of the Minister of Ecology
during a trip abroad by a charter flight by using a private aircraft, and for
compliance with the requirements of legislation in the Minister’s actions.
Danylo Lubkivsky reported that on June 18 the National Agency for
Civil Service informed the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the finding the
fact that Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ihor Shevchenko on June 6, 2015 left Kyiv airport to
Dresden by flight TCTKN and, on June 8, 2015, he returned in Airport Kyiv from
Nice by flight PHARO.
Minister of Ukraine possesses information about the personal confirmation by Ihor Shevchenko of charter flights on a private
plane," said Danylo Lubkivsky.
The advisor to
the Prime Minister has stressed that the last time this is the third test,
carried out on behalf of Arseniy Yatsenyuk for compliance with the Law of
Ukraine "On civil service", the anti-corruption laws and other
normative acts on the civil service in the Ministry of Ecology and Natural
Resources of Ukraine.
According to the
results of the inspections, in January, 2015 the Minister of Environment and
Natural Resources was in the United Arab Emirates for private purposes without
a relevant permission. On weekdays from 5 to 7 May this year he was again
abroad without the permission of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Danylo Lubkivsky stated.
According to the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, in accordance with Articles 22 and 23 of the
Law of Ukraine "On Prevention of Corruption", the Ministers may not
use their authority or position and the associated opportunities to obtain
undue advantage for themselves or other persons and are prohibited to accept
gifts directly or through other persons for themselves or persons close to them
from any legal entity or individual.
Members of the
Cabinet of Ministers can be dismissed by the Parliament for corruption
offensives or violation of the behavior of persons authorized to perform state
functions (prohibition of the use of official position for personal gain,
conflict of interest, etc.), Danylo Lubkivsky noted.
Minister Ukraine believes that the circumstances that include the following
features are direct political, managerial and ethical
risks for the coalition of parliamentary factions that formed the current
composition of the Government of Ukraine", the advisor to the Prime
that Ihor Shevchenko was appointed as a Minister of
Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine as part of Batkivshchyna political party’s quota in the Parliament.
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk asks the parliamentary faction of Batkivschyna Party to consider the issue of Ihor
Shevchenko’s staying in office and take a responsible political decision, which
should be approved by the parliamentary coalition", Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s advisor pointed out.
parties should be responsible for their delegated representatives. That is the
position of Prime Minister of Ukraine", he said.
Yatsenyuk urges the political party All-Ukrainian Union "Batkivshchyna" and all partners within the coalition to
act under direct political responsibility, to comply with national legislation
and universally recognized European practices. Any breach of the national
legislation, anti-corruption requirements or ethical standards at work must
result in the dismissal of a relevant Member of the Government," Danylo Lubkivsky emphasized.