Poland's CBA helps NABU investigate corruption

23.04.2021 00:00

The Central Anti-Сorruption Bureau of the Republic of Poland (CBA) became the first law enforcement agency outside Ukraine to establish cooperation with NABU. Since 2016, NABU and CBA Detectives have conducted a number of anti-corruption probes, including the one into receiving an improper advantage by the former acting Head of the State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor). This was stated by NABU Director Artem Sytnyk on April 23, 2021, during an international anti-corruption seminar dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the CBA.

"During the five years that have passed since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between NABU and the CBA, we have taken efforts to fill this document with concrete content. We constantly feel the support of our Polish colleagues and provide it for our part. We are sure that the National Bureau will continue to be a reliable partner for the CBA," said Artem Sytnyk.

The seminar was attended by representatives of anti-corruption agencies from different countries and international organizations, such as EPAC - "European Partners Against Corruption" and GRECO - "Group of States against Corruption".

As reported, in July 2020, NABU and SAPO jointly with the CBA and the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw exposed a criminal group led by the former acting Head of the State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor). In January 2021, the materials of the criminal proceedings against the ex-official, a Polish citizen, were sent to Poland for the pre-trial investigation to be completed. Except for him, there are five other suspects in the case.

 

For reference

On May 12, 2016, the directors of NABU and CBA signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Warsaw. The document provides that the agencies exchange information on legal norms, analytical conclusions, research results, and other materials on the exposure, investigation, and prevention of corruption crimes.

On September 22, 2017, NABU and CBA signed an Agreement on the implementation of measures to prevent and combat corruption risks during the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Poland on granting loans of September 9, 2015.