The success of the fight against corruption in Ukraine can be doubled if the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court is established. The later will endure sentences and fair punishment for the top-corrupt officials. This was emphasized by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk at the presentation of the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2017, held on February 21, 2018, in Kyiv.
According to the CPI Ukraine received 30 out of 100 points in 2017, ranking 130th out of 180 countries. It is one point and one place up compared to the previous year.
"The NABU was established in April 2015, and after the appointment of the Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) in December 2015 the Detectives started the first investigations. Over two years, more than 100 cases, investigated by the NABU and the SAPO, were sent to courts. However, unfortunately, for most of the times these cases are not being considered by courts. I am convinced that without establishment of the Anti-Corruption court, which will pass sentences in cases as of top-corrupt officials, further fight against corruption is impossible, "Artem Sytnyk said.
According to him Ukraine will significantly improve its position in the CPI if the Anti-Corruption Court starts its work in 2018.
While presenting, Transparency International highlighted its recommendations required to strengthen the fight against corruption in Ukraine. In particular, experts advise to establish the Anti-Corruption Court as soon as possible, to continue judicial reform, to provide the NABU with the right to autonomous wiretapping.
More information about the CPI results can be found at: https://ti-ukraine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/3.-Prezentatsiia-rezultativ-CPI-2017-eng.pdf
Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 is a research done by the anti-corruption network Transparency International compiled since 1995. The CPI is the most used indicator of corruption worldwide.
The 2017 CPI draws on 13 data sources from 12 independent institutions specializing in governance and business climate analysis.