Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman urges the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to address in first days of work of the Parliament in
January bills on special confiscation that would let the seized assets worth $
1.5 billion be funnelled into the national budget. He said this during A
Question Time for the Government at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
"I believe and insist that we get back to this issue in
first days of work of Parliament in January. We must come together – I am ready
to participate in it - discuss each article of the law and to make an important
decision, which would allow us to return these funds," said Volodymyr
Minister noted that the Government had recently approved another draft law on special
confiscation that would let seizure of money and other assets worth $ 1.5 billion as proceeds of crime committed by former
senior officials. The Cabinet of Ministers submitted it to the Verkhovna Rada,
but for some technical reasons it has not been considered.
The Head of
Government stressed that certain political forces claim that a bill on special
confiscation is "bad and promotes corruption".
maybe the opposite: it doesn’t promote corruption, it is correct, it is aimed
to restore justice, but someone wants to block this process?" emphasized
the Prime Minister.
on politicians not to speculate on this issue. "How long will we discuss
laws without reading them?" he asked.
Groysman reiterated the plundered money must be transferred to where they
belong – to the State Budget, to the citizens of Ukraine and added it was
necessary to stop the discussion but determine the way to settle this issue.