On August 12, 2016, the Lviv Territorial Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine officially started its work. Besides Lviv region, it will also work in Volyn, Zakarpattia, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne and Khmelnytsky region.
The NABU Director Artem Sytnyk along with the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytsky officially opened of the Territorial Office in Lviv. along.
At the briefing the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk said that this Territorial Office will be staffed with 24 officials: the Director, the Deputy Director, 6 employees and 16 detectives who would be assigned from the Central Office in Kyiv.
"The open competition on Lviv Territorial Office vacant positions is at its final stage. In the nearest future, the newly appointed Director will sign the first appointments."
While introducing the Director of Lviv Territorial Office to the journalists, Artem Sytnyk said: “I have never met Taras Lopushansky before but I hope that the Competition Commission made the right choice having chosen him for this position."
He also emphasized that for the western region the spread of smuggling is of a great concern. "This will be one of the priorities in the detectives’ work," the NABU Director said.
In his turn Taras Lopushansky stressed: "I am pretty sure that in our fight against corruption the residents of the region covered by the authority of the Territorial Office will be our partners." Also in order to establish cooperation the Director of the Lviv Territorial Office announced a meeting with civil society next week in order to establish cooperation.
It should be reminded that on December 10, 2015, the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk signed an order for the Lviv Territorial Office establishment. On June 7, 2016, a lawyer Taras Lopushansky, who had won an open competition among 47 candidates, was appointed the Director of the NABU Lviv Territorial Office.
The acceptance of documents for positions of detectives in Regional division, who will also be assigned to Lviv territorial office to investigate corruption crimes in the territory of its jurisdiction, was closed on August 1, 2016.