Functional independence of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine is key to progress in the fight against corruption in Ukraine. This was stated by the representatives of International Monetary Fund, Thanos Arvanitis (European Department Deputy Director) and Ron Van Rooden (Chief of the IMF mission to Ukraine).
"An important element to strengthen NABU powers is the ability to do independent wiretapping. It is important that it gets support from Parliament” - said the IMF representatives. This is a structural benchmark under the IMF-supported program and the authorities committed to enact legal amendments by the end of November.
During the meeting with the IMF mission the director of the NABU Artem Sytnyk briefed the participants on the current situation and stressed the need to adopt certain legislative amendments to facilitate the effective fight against corruption, including granting the NABU right to wiretap independently, creation of the Anti-Corruption Court, and preserving NABU’s investigative jurisdiction, defined by article 216 of the Criminal Procedure Code, in its current form.
The IMF mission expressed support to the NABU’s actions, and underlined that the effectiveness of the fight against corruption still remains one of the key indicators for the Fund while estimating the level of cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF.
"You have made impressive progress in creating a new institution from scratch, which was not an easy task. The efforts in the fight against corruption should continue to bring real results", - said the IMF representative.
The meeting was attended: by the NABU - Director Artem Sytnyk and his First Deputy Gizo Uglava; by the International Monetary Fund - European Department Deputy Director Athanasios Arvanitis, Chief of the IMF Mission to Ukraine Ron van Rooden, the Mission delegates Stephanie Eble, Jerome Vacher, Emmanuel Mathias, Maksym Markevych.