The European Parliament has supported the Ukrainian president's offer to deprive the Constitutional Court judges of their authorities and to restore the law on declaration that the Court had previously canceled. EU Political Report informs about it.
The EU is concerned about the cancellation of e-declaration, as well as the amendments made to Law No. 1700, which is one of the "cornerstones" of the Ukrainian anti-corruption policy.
The European Parliament also noted that the fight against corruption is a prerequisite for the support of Ukraine from the European Union, as the Ukrainian side has pledged to create a fully functioning system of verification of assets and potential conflicts of interest of government officials.
"We welcome Ukraine’s aspiration to deepen its cooperation and integration with the EU, but we also need to remind Ukraine that EU assistance and any advancement in the cooperation with the EU are subject to strict conditionality. In order to benefit from a more ambitious set of measures, Ukraine needs to show a continued commitment to reform and adherence to the nion’s principles. Any backsliding, particularly in an area as sensitive and important as the fight against corruption, is to be avoided. We therefore welcome initial reactions by President Zelenskyy who initiated legislation in this regard. We also trust our colleagues in the Verkhovna Rada who have on numerous occasions demonstrated their will to stay firm on the implementation of the anti-corruption reform agenda," the message informs.
As we reported earlier, the European Union has stated that the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU), which blocks the implementation of the results of local elections, may be considered as a reason for temporary suspension of the visa-free regime.
Visa-free travel may be suspended due to the withdrawal of the third country from the criteria as a result of which the visa-free regime was introduced.
The European Union has advised to set up a high-level working group to draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine as soon as possible.