The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Commission for Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture of the Republic of Bulgaria (CACIAF) will exchange experience, information and technical assistance as well as support for the promotion of work in accordance with the statutory powers. The executives of agencies discussed the formats of future cooperation during the online meeting, tool place on January 28, 2021.
The Memorandum provides agreements on multilevel cooperation, as well as the main directions. The NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and the Commission Chairman Sotir Tsatsarov signed it in December 2020.
In particular, the Memorandum stipulates that the Parties may establish working groups, provide consultations, joint trainings and lectures.
"The signing of the Memorandum became a good start for the further development of working and friendly relationships, as the combat the corruption requires the consolidation of the efforts of law agencies from different countries," said Sotir Tsatsarov.
Artem Sytnyk said that the opportunity to engage international cooperation independently is one of the most important guarantees of the NABU independence.
"Corruption schemes investigated by NABU rarely completed in Ukraine, so the quality of cooperation with foreign agencies affects the effectiveness of our work. A successful example of combat cross-border corruption is detention a criminal group led by the Former Acting Head of the State Road Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) jointly with NABU. Regarding the previous experience of cooperation with Bulgaria, we sent 20 requests for international legal assistance to its competent authorities and received quick answers. This shows that we have common goal, and it motivates to strengthen cooperation," said Artem Sytnyk.
Sotir Tsatsarov and Artem Sytnyk told each other about the structure and legal framework of the institutions and anti-corruption infrastructure of their countries. Finally, they agreed to meet soon with the participation of representatives of other agencies.
Commission for Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture of the Republic of Bulgaria (CACIAF) - is an independent specialized permanent state agencies for the implementation of the policy on counteraction to corruption and confiscation of illegally acquired property.
The Commission is a collective agencies consisting of 5 members: the Head, Deputy Head and 3 members, elected by a simple majority of votes by the National Assembly of Bulgaria for 6 years.
The commission checks the information on the commission of corruption offenses by officials; checks declarations of property and income of officials in positions of responsibility; reveals the conflict of interests of senior officials, etc.