The EU officials expressed their support for the legislative initiatives, required for the efficient functioning of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. In particular, it refers to the right of autonomous wiretapping and the establishment of the Anti-corruption court. Such a position was expressed by the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark Kristian Jensen during a working meeting with the heads of the Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies and the Parlamentary Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction.
"If according to international standards the NABU finally gets the right to autonomous wiretapping, it will increase the level of independence of anti-corruption bodies," Johannes Hahn said.
The EU will continue supporting the NABU’s establishment and development. Under the program "Support to Combat Corruption in Ukraine 2017-2019" the Bureau will receive advisory support in strategy development and technical support.
The Program will be implemented by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) with the support of the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine.
"The lion's share of the NABU’s achievements is a merit of our international partners. As a result of our cooperation with the EU Advisory Mission we managed to implement a number of development projects, including, in particular, the equipping of the interrogation room. I am convinced that further cooperation will enable us to curb corruption in the country," the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk emphasized.
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The EU programme, entitled "Support to Combat Corruption in Ukraine 2017-2019", is scheduled to be launched in early 2017. The DANIDA team implementing the project will be collocated at EUAM’s headquarters in Kyiv.
The project will significantly enhance the assistance already offered by EUAM for Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts in terms of strategic advice, training, provision of equipment and coordination with anti-corruption bodies in EU Member states to share best practice.