On August 28-29, 2017, with the support of the European Union's Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine (EUACI) program the representatives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) were studying the experience of Lithuanian law enforcement agencies in investigating corruption crimes as of the facts of illegal enrichment. The Ukrainian delegation met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who emphasized on importance of anti-corruption reform for the future of Ukraine.
"We welcome the efforts of Ukraine anti-corruption bodies in the fight against corruption. We hope that they will continue to be able to work effectively and independently. It is equally important that the cases that they investigate should go to court, concrete results should be achieved and convictions issued. It is also important to create the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court as soon as possible," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
The representatives of the NABU and the SAPO met with the employees of the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Special Investigative Service, the Financial Crime Investigation Service, the Anti-Corruption and Legal Committees of the Lithuanian Parliament, the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court of Lithuania and the Constitutional Court of Lithuania.
The European Union’s Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine is the largest EU support program in the fight against corruption. The EUACI is launched in cooperation with the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The program consists of three components: support of newly created anti-corruption bodies; provision of international expertise to the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Verkhovna Rada; strengthening the capacity of local self-government bodies, civil society and investigative journalists to engage in the anti-corruption process in six cities of Ukraine.