Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine", which took effect on Nov. 10, 2021, eliminate legal controversies provoked by the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to declare certain provisions of the Law unconstitutional.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the State Customs Service of Ukraine are uniting efforts to combat corruption at customs. The formats of future cooperation were discussed by the Heads of the agencies at the meeting on March 23, 2021.
The Draft Law initiated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and said to tackle the situation after the infamous Constitutional Court's decision on NABU actually opens the way for a complete reset of the agency and attack on its institutional independence.
On December 23, 2020, the Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko transferred the criminal proceeding as of the Deputy Head of the Presidential Office from the National Bureau to the Security Service of Ukraine. The decision was made secretly, without consultations with NABU and SAPO late at night: the note to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations was entered at 11:42 p.m.
In the evening of December 1, 2020, the Prosecutor General secretly changed the prosecutors in the criminal proceeding as of the fact of giving improper advantage for unreliable written opinion of a forensic expert in the case of the misappropriation of UAH 81 mln of the National Guard of Ukraine. The Prosecutor General acted in the absence of any legal grounds, contrary to the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine without both notifying the prosecutors and studying the materials of the criminal proceedings.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and UkrOboronProm State Concern will cooperate in the field of preventing and combating corruption. On November 23, 2020, the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and the Acting Director General of Ukroboronprom SC Ihor Fomenko signed a Memorandum, which defines the main areas of cooperation and obligations of the parties.
The National Bureau emphasizes on the need to restore the criminal liability for submitting false data to e-declarations by officials authorized to perform state or local government functions as soon as possible.
The decisions ruled by the judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine during 2019-2020 related to the fight against corruption cause concern. The consequences of such rulings are the systemic weakening of the institutional capacity of the bodies established to expose corruption. These rulings lead to the release from liability of persons involved in causing damages to the interests of the state on an especially large scale.
The Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Public Joint-Stock Company (PJSC) “Ukrzaliznytsia” (Ukrainian railways) will exchange information for the prevention, detection and fight against corruption. With this purpose, the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and the Head of “Ukrzaliznytsia” Volodymyr Zhmak signed a Memorandum on Understating on October 30, 2020.