If because of corruption in Ukraine, the European Union will cancel a visa-free regime, Ukrainian society is very hard it will react, he said in comments to the edition «GORDON» the former Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Volodymyr Ogryzko.
«The emergence of the EU issue on the suspension bezveza with Ukraine is a hint that such things can not play. In the West, very carefully analyze everything about corruption. Any step, and even more ago, immediately fixed. This is really serious. Our officials who do not think about the future of Ukraine, and about the corruption schemes, it’s time to get serious. Because it can result in serious setbacks. And the reaction in this case will be very hard. This corruption affects a very sensitive topic which is illegal immigration. The scandal with the State migration service revealed that an official of high rank, perhaps (it is not known yet, it should be decided by the court), was involved in the scheme, which posed a threat to Western countries,» – said Ogryzko.
According to him, the EU may resort to the introduction of personal sanctions against Ukrainian officials and the cancellation of visa-free regime with Ukraine.
«Poland and Romania embarked on the path that the EU does not approve. Talking about questionable judicial reforms. In the European Union believe that they are contrary to the spirit and letter of the documents relating to the judicial branch. And what do we see? There is information from Brussels that if Poland will not stop, it can impose sanctions. And it is a member country of the EU. Therefore, if Ukraine will fulfill its commitments, the reaction of the EU will be adequate and very painful for us. First, of course, will notice. But if we cross all the limits, then the lifting bezveza and personal sanctions by the EU cannot be excluded», – said Ogryzko.
On 29 November, the security Service of Ukraine detained seven employees of the National anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine, who were working undercover. On 30 November, the Prosecutor General’s office reported one of the detainees on suspicion of provocation and bribery, the first Deputy Chairman of the State migration service of Ukraine Dina Emahool.
December 1, HCP has published a video with photos of the agents of NABOO. Also showed their cars with niezarejestrowana license plates.
NABU said that the GPU and the SBU illegally intervened in a special operation aimed at identifying participants of an organized criminal group in the State migration service, and called such actions of law enforcement «sabotage».
On 3 December, the Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko said that «all the so-called agents of NABOO,» obtained a job with the violation of the Ukrainian legislation, without an open competition.
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 proposed to give the Parliament the right to Express no confidence in the heads of NABOO, Specialized anti-corruption prosecutors and members of the National Agency for prevention of corruption.
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. One of the authors of the document Gerasimov said that «highly sensitive bills will not be accepted without discussion with the public, experts and people’s deputies».
The Ambassador of France in Ukraine, Ms. Dumont reported that the European Union had a question about the suspension of visa-free regime with Ukraine after the attacks on the anti-corruption agencies in the country.
Ogryzko: If we cross all the limits, the abolition of bezveza and personal sanctions by the EU cannot be ruled out 21.12.2017