The European Commission has commented on reports of resignations in Ukraine following media reports of corruption. The body stated that they took into account the data on the investigation of corruption in Ukraine.
According to Ana Pisonero, European Commission Speaker for Enlargement and Neighborhood, they do not comment on criminal investigations. But she assured that the body welcomes Ukraine's efforts to carry out reforms to eradicate corruption.
What the European Commission said about the resignations in Ukraine
Yes, we have taken note of reports that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine is investigating these cases. As a general rule, we do not comment on ongoing criminal investigations. But we welcome the fact that the Ukrainian authorities are taking these problems seriously. – Pisonero said.
She also noted that as part of the process of gaining EU membership, Ukraine is expected to further strengthen the fight against corruption, especially at a high level. In particular:
- through active and effective investigations;
- achieving a match between the number of investigations and the number of court verdicts.
According to the press secretary of the European Commission, this is in their opinion on Ukraine's application for EU membership.
“It is also important to note that after its publication, Ukraine has already taken several important steps, in particular, appointed the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, began the process of selecting a new director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Of course, further actions and efforts are needed to strengthen anti-corruption institutions,” she said.
She also noted that Ukraine's efforts will be assessed in the fall of 2023. Moreover, I noticed that anti-corruption activities are:
- a key factor in the process of EU enlargement;
- a condition for the provision of macro-financial assistance from the EU.
“Obviously, the EU has different means and mechanisms to control how and where EU funds are used. We are in close contact with the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that … The funds are used properly,” the speaker said.
What is known about the resignations in Ukraine
- On January 24, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the dismissal of 5 heads of the OVA: Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kyiv, Sumy and Kherson.
- In addition, the government dismissed Vyacheslav Shapovalov – Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Ivan Lukeria – Deputy Minister of Development of Communities and Territories of Ukraine, Vyacheslav Negod – Deputy Minister of Development of Communities and Territories of Ukraine, Vitaliy Muzychenko – Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine.
- Before this, the First Deputy Minister development of communities, territories and infrastructure of Ukraine Vasily Lozinsky was detained while receiving a bribe in the amount of 400 thousand dollars. He was detained and taken into custody with the possibility of paying 805,000 hryvnia bail.
- Moreover, Deputy Head of the President's Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko wrote a letter of resignation. Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko was also fired.