The government of Ukraine has approved a draft law on an anti-corruption strategy for 2018-2020. The decision was made on Wednesday according to an announcement by the government press service.
Following the adoption of the anti-corruption strategy by the Ukrainian parliament, the government will approve the legislation before it comes into force within three months.
As the head of the National Anti-Corruption Agency, Olexandr Manhul, stressed that the strategy is comprehensive and concerns the activities of all anti-corruption bodies. According to him, the strategy is divided into six chapters and deals with state anti-corruption policy, anti-corruption, criminal responsibility, intolerance to corruption and the evaluation of the state’s anti-corruption strategy.
In related news, the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk has stated that the agency will be opening corruption charges against a number of members of the Cabinet of Ministers and judges.
“Cases against a number of ministries and their departments, politicians, judges, and leaders of large state-owned enterprises are in the pipeline,” Sytnyk told a news conference on April 25, reports the Ukrainian news magazine “Gazeta.ua”.
He also informed about the results of the anti-corruption bureau over the past three years. “In early March nearly 200 people have been charged for corruption, while more than 160 people are suspected of corruption on the basis of data collected by the NABU and the SAPO [the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office],” Sytnyk said.
The new measures come amid increased pressure from Ukraine’s Western donors to do more to combat the scourge of corruption in order to unlock future loan packages.