The EC recalled that anti-corruption activities are a key factor in the process of EU enlargement and a condition for the provision of macro-financial assistance from the EU.
The European Commission took into account the information about the NABU investigation into corruption in Ukraine and welcomes the efforts to carry out reforms to eradicate this phenomenon.
The European Commission's press secretary for enlargement and neighborhood issues, Ana Pisonero, said this at a briefing in Brussels, reports “Ukrinform”.
“There is a general rule – we do not comment on ongoing criminal investigations. But we We welcome the fact that the authorities of Ukraine take these problems seriously“, the EC speaker said.
She recalled that Ukraine, as part of the enlargement process, has committed to strengthen the fight against corruption, in particular in high level through active and effective investigations.The state has also committed itself to achieving a match between the number of investigations and convictions.
“This is in the conclusion of the European Commission regarding Ukraine's application for EU membership,” Pisonero said .
She also announced that The European Commission will assess the progress made by Ukraine in the autumn of 2023 in implementing the reforms identified by the EU as part of the enlargement package.
“Anti-corruption activities are a key factor in the process of EU enlargement, and also a condition for the provision of macro-financial assistance from the EU It is clear that the EU has various means and mechanisms of controlhow and where EU funds are used. We are in close contact with the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that the funds are used properly,” the press secretary of the European Commission informed.
Corruption scandals and resignations in the Ukrainian authorities
After the scandal with Vyacheslav Shapovalov, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defense, resigned from the Ministry of Defense’s procurement of products for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Cabinet of Ministers dismissed Vasily Lozinsky, Deputy Minister for the Development of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure, from his post, who was detained the day before by NABU employees while receiving a bribe of $400,000.
Deputy head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko resigned on January 24, without specifying the reasons for this.The head of state has already issued a decree dismissing Tymoshenko from his post.< /p>
On the same day, the Cabinet of Ministers dismissed four deputy ministers and heads of the Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Sumy and Kherson district districts from their posts.
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