The National anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine has warned that the adoption of the bill No. 7362, allowing the Parliament to dismiss the heads of anti-corruption agencies without audit, will deal a crushing blow to the fight against corruption. This is stated in the statement published on the website of the NABU.
«Representatives of the two factions of the ruling coalition have proposed a bill that completely destroys the independence of the National anti-corruption Bureau,» – said the Agency.
NABU recalled that the document, in particular, greatly expands the powers of the Committee on foreign control of EMB by providing its members with access to the state secret and the right to inspect not only completed and handed over to the court case, but the current investigation.
«In the case of the adoption of this bill will be dealt a devastating blow to the independence of the newly established anti-corruption bodies and those achievements in the fight against corruption, which they managed to achieve despite the systemic resistance of the ruling elites. Unfortunately, there is a high probability that the bill may be adopted soon. We are convinced that these steps are part of a larger plan, which entered the active phase last week, whose main objective is the destruction of NABOO and the ARS, the blocking of investigations into top officials and the release of top corrupt officials from liability», – said the Agency.
On 6 December, the chairmen of the factions of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko and «popular front» Artur Gerasimov and Maksym Burbak have registered a bill No. 7362, which I propose to give the Parliament the right to Express no confidence in the heads of NABOO, ARS and the members of the NACP.
According to the initiative, the question of the expression by Parliament of no confidence in the heads of departments may be introduced in the Parliament on the proposal of the President, Cabinet Ministers and 150 MPs. The censure these officials entails their resignation.
The bill was condemned by the international anti-corruption organization Transparency International, the coalition of experts of the «Reanimation package of reforms» (unites 80 organizations) and the Director of the International monetary Fund Christine Lagarde.
Ex-Deputy head of the Pentagon on Ukraine and Eurasia Michael carpenter said that he would recommend to cut all government assistance Washington to Kiev, if Parliament decides on the dismissal of the Director of NABU Artem Sytnik.
On 7 December, the bill was removed from the agenda.
NABU said that adoption of the proposed coalition bill will strike a devastating blow to the fight against corruption 07.12.2017