Launch of Ukraine’s anti-corruption prosecutor’s office postponed
The EU will not continue financing the establishing of anti-corruption prosecutor’s office in Ukraine, due to the lack of «trust in the final outcome»of the project, according to a letter from EU’s Delegation to Ukraine, online newspaper Yevropeiska Pravda reports.
The letter reads that the EU is ready to support Ukraine in its struggle against corruption, because it is one of the key demands for Ukraine to pursue European visa liberalisation plan.
However, the EU has doubts in «some people who participate in the selection»of future members of the new anti-corruption prosecution body, and it cannot longer provide its financial assistance.
The commission appointed to select candidates for the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office refuses to continue its work without the funds, thus endangering the EU visa liberalisation prospects for Ukraine.
The EU and Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry have several times demanded Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin to replace the members of the selective committee. However, Shokin not only refused to do it, but also publicly called into question the legality of such demands and accused the Foreign Ministry of hampering visa liberalisation.
Civic organization Transparency International Ukraine said on November 2 that Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin is «personally responsible» for the country’s failure to tackle corruption, adding that he is trying to make the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, a new structure responsible for fight against corruption in the government, as dependent as possible.