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.
On December 1, 2017, the representatives of the Lviv Territorial Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) visited the Regional Office of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of Poland (CBA) in Rzeszów for strengthening cooperation in the fight against corruption. Among other things, the ways of solving problems in investigations of cross-border corruption offences were discussed at the meeting.
During her visit to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine on November 28, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said “the work of NABU and SAPO is important and not easy. Ukrainian people do want change. However, these changes will not happen without sentences in top-corruption cases. That is why the United States supports the idea of creating an Anticorruption Court in Ukraine.”
To establish professional relations at the international level and to learn the newest means and methods of combating corruption, the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk jointly with law enforcement officers of European countries took part in the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) and European contact-point network against corruption (EACN) 17th Professional Conference and session of the General Assembly. The events took place on November 15-17, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Republic of Poland (CBA) will jointly prevent and combat cross-border corruption. The relevant agreement was signed by the Director of the Lviv Territorial Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Taras Lopushansky and the Director of the Cabinet of the Head of CBA Ivona Chernets at a meeting in Lviv on October 6, 2017.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) at the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice Supreme Court of Cassation of Romania (Direcţia Naţională Anticorupţie, DNA) will strengthen cooperation in the area of detection and investigation of corruption offenses. The relevant Memorandum was signed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA Laura Codruța Kövesi at a working meeting in Bucharest on September 7, 2017.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has proved that Ukraine continues to fight corruption. Its investigations of large-scale corruption cases at big State Enterprises and the facts of exposing the illegal activities of top-level officials are the best proof. These are the reasons Ukrainians from all over the world support the activities of the NABU, and the governments of foreign states support the idea of establishment of the High Specialized Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine. This institution is to become the final accord in all the cases, conducted by other anti-corruption authorities. This was emphasized by Eugene Czolij, the President of the World Congress of Ukrainians (UWC), during his visit to the NABU, which took place on August 31, 2017.
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.