Cooperation between the NABU and citizens is extremely important – the World Bank

By searching information about corruption, activists help law enforcement agencies with investigations. This was emphasized by the Director of the Lviv Territorial Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Taras Lopushanskiy at the press conference "Fighting Corruption: What's Next?". The event was organized with the support of the World Bank in Ukraine, and took place in Lviv on January 23, 2019.

According to Taras Lopushanskiy, the NABU develops cooperation with the civil society, in particular by organizing meetings, informing on activities and the NABU`s results etc.

"Fighting corruption is our common goal. Currently, Lviv Territorial Office receives many requests from citizens on corruption cases that are not under the competence of the National Bureau. We verify the information from them, and then send the requests to the authorities according to the competence. On the one hand, we spend time to the detailed elaboration of each request, and on the other hand — the expectations of the citizens remain dissatisfied. Thus, we devote a lot of effort to raise citizen’s awareness on which cases they should go to the NABU", said Taras Lopushanskiy.

David Bernstein, a leading public sector specialist, the Head of the World Bank Anti-Corruption Program, emphasized on the importance of strengthening the institutional capacity of the new anti-corruption agencies.

"The key conditions for cooperation between Ukraine and the World Bank are the fight against corruption and the establishment of anti-corruption agencies. Today, we support the efforts of the NABU in the fight against corruption and we hope that the Anti-Corruption Court will be established in Ukraine in the spring", he stressed.

The leading expert of the World Bank on financial sector Laura Pop and the World Bank consultant Dmitry Chaplinsky also took part in the event. In order to make the cooperation between citizens and law enforcement agencies more efficient, media representatives, and non-governmental organizations told about tools for searching information within their own investigations.