Marking United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day: Ukraine, a priority

28.10.2015 02:00
The United Nations General Assembly designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, when it adopted the UN Convention against Corruption in October 2003. The aim is to raise awareness of corruption and its impact on society, and to mobilize governments to tackle this threat to economic development, democracy and stability. 
NATO is playing its part to reduce the risk of corruption in the defence establishments of Allies and partners through the Building Integrity Program.
“The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our plan to end poverty and ensure lives of dignity for all, recognizes the need to fight corruption in all its aspects and calls for significant reductions in illicit financial flows as well as for the recovery of stolen assets.”  — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Message for the 2015 International Anti-Corruption Day.
Implementing the anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine
On 28 October the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of deputy permanent representatives was held at NATO HQ. Ukraine's efforts to reduce corruption risks in the defence institutions and the results the NATO-Ukraine cooperation in this direction were discussed during the meeting. 
The prevention and fight against corruption section is an important component of the Ukrainian Annual National Program (ANP) which includes the implementation of the NATO Building Integrity Peer Review’s report recommendations. 
The anticorruption legislative and political measures have been introduced one year ago by President Poroshenko. Under the lead of the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine, 9 defence and security institutions completed the NATO BI Self-Assessment Questionnaire and Peer Review Process in December 2013. 
In October 2014, the Council decided to implement NATO BI recommendations and since, important reforms have been launched and the program of activities increased. 
Interview of Artem Sytnyk - Head of the National Anticorruption Bureau (NAB) of Ukraine - for the Building Integrity program.
«The Bureau’s main function is punitive, that is investigation of crimes committed by high-ranking corrupt officials. At the same time, monitoring the performance of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence is a priority for us as Ukraine’s current defence budget, which in reality is the war budget, is 90 billion hryvnias, and one of our tasks is to take steps to prevent embezzlement of these funds. Therefore the issue of integrity in the use of public funds by the Armed Forces of Ukraine is a priority.» 

This interview took place in connection with the assessment of the Ukraine ANP for 2015.