The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) requested for international legal assistance more than 400 times. The received answers allowed revealing the final beneficiaries of companies involved in the Ukrainian corruption and tracking the flow of funds abroad. Support from foreign colleagues helps the NABU to eliminate corruption schemes. The Director of the Lviv Territorial Office of the NABU Taras Lopushanskiy emphasized this during the training for the NABU staff on September 24-27, 2018, in the Republic of Poland. The event was held with the support of the Anti-Corruption Network Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
"The National Bureau is at the forefront of the fight against corruption in Ukraine. The challenges you face make your job even more important. It's about building a new Ukraine — stable, effective and democratic", said the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during the meeting with the staff of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine on September 27, 2018.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to exchange information for the prevention, detection and fight against corruption. The relevant document was signed by the NABU Deputy Director Anatoly Novak and the EIB Inspector General Jan Willem van der Kaaij in Luxembourg on September 27, 2018.
The G7 Foreign Ministers called on the Ukrainian authorities to create the Anti-Corruption Court in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. This is stated in a joint communique following the meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers in Toronto. The communique was published on April 23, 2018.
The employees of the Legal Department of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine visited the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) in Hague (the Netherlands) on March 14-15, 2018. The visit was organized by the invitation of Eurojust and under project "European Union's Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine".
It is important to make every effort to ensure the adoption of the Law On the High Anti-Corruption Court by the end of March 2018. It is equally important to take into consideration all the recommendations of the Venice Commission. Only in this case there is a chance to launch this court and give impetus to the continuation of anti-corruption reform by the end of the year. This was emphasized by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk at the 14th Annual Ukraine Investor Conference Dragon Capital, which took place on March 1-2, 2018, in Kyiv.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) proved to be a truly independent and efficient body. In order to provide the result in its fight against corruption, we should eliminate the obstacles for the implementation of the anti-corruption reform. Namely - the absence of the Anti-Corruption Court, the pressure accompanying every investigation against top corrupt officials, and attempts to limit the NABU's functional independence. This was emphasized by the Mission Chief for Ukraine at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ron van Rooden during the meeting with the NABU executives on February 14, 2018.
The official delegation of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) and a representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) visited the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on January, 30-31, 2018. The executives of the NABU and representatives of the OSCE and the Venice Commission discussed the current situation in the sphere of corruption combating.
During the first years of investigations Ukrainian newly created anti-corruption agencies have shown valuable results, however further effective work of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) is impossible without establishment of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court. This issue was brought up and later on discussed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and by the Head of the SAPO Nazar Kholodnitskiy at the meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget A. Brink, which took place on December 8.
The newly created anti-corruption agencies already have results in the sphere of exposing and combating corruption. Therefore, these agencies need support in order to further implement the anti-corruption reform in Ukraine. This was stated by the President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim at the meeting with the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery, which took place on December 4-6 in Washington, DC. During the meeting the parties discussed the pressure exerted on the NABU, the investigations which expose top-level corruption and the prospects of establishment of the Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine.