Law enforcement agencies of six countries will strengthen cross-border cooperation against corruption

States that have a common border should work together to combat smuggling, which cause damage to the budgets of each of them. This was stated by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk on June 4, 2019, at the seminar “International Co-operation in Preventing and Fighting Corruption at Borders”.

“Сo-operation between the NABU and the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of Poland could be an example of efficient relationships between law enforcement agencies. In May 2016, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This document complies with the requirements of the Ukrainian, Polish and international legislation, regulates the exchange of analytical information between the authorities and the organization of joint investigative actions,” said the NABU Director.

Artem Sytnyk recalled that at the end of May 2019, the NABU Detectives jointly with Polish officers exposed persons involved in smuggling of the goods in the amount of 1,200 zlotys (more than 8 million UAH).

“There are no borders for corruption. I hope that in the future we will strengthen cooperation with the law enforcement agencies of the countries that border Ukraine,” the NABU Director noted.

The event was organized with the support of the European Union’s Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine (EUACI) program. Representatives of the anti-corruption agencies of six states (Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Moldova) participated in the event. The parties identified priorities and directions for further cooperation during working meetings. The agreements are set out in the proclaimed protocol on multilateral cooperation to combat cross-border corruption.