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IMF: Amendment of legislation on NABU may create problem in cooperation with Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Head of the Fund’s mission sent a letter with warnings to the President’s Office
19:02, 29 April 2020

Ron Van Rooden, the Head of the IMF Mission in Ukraine
112 Agency

Amendments to the legislation on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) concerning the grounds for dismissal of the Burea’s head may create a problem in the cooperation with Ukraine as European Truth reported citing Head of IMF Mission Ron van Rooden.

Ron van Rooden sent a letter to deputies of the head of the President’s Office Yulia Kovaliv and Andriy Smirnov. A source at the office confirmed the information about the letter on the condition of anonymity.

It is reported that the grounds for the letter are ‘proposals on the amendments of the legislation, which will extend the grounds for the dismissal of the NABU head by inclusion the decision of the court about administrative corruption violation’.

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Rooden is sure that such amendments will be harmful for the cooperation of Ukraine and the IMF as they will falter the independence of the NABU from other institutions and it is ‘a critical component of its efficiency’.

“Any legislative change, which narrows the independence of the NABU will be perceived as the refusal from the previous anti-corruption commitments and will demand the correction of any new program (of the cooperation with the IMF, - 112.international),” Rooden explained.

It is noted that the issue is about bills #3133 and #3180; they allow to dismiss current NABU Head Artem Sytnyk.

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The IMF appealed to the President’s Office, while, it is not the initiator of any of the bills.  However, the IMF believes that ‘it can be useful to provide concerns to the speaker of the parliament’.

Earlier, Minister of Finance of Ukraine Serhiy Marchenko said that in 2020 Ukraine is counting on two tranches from the International Monetary Fund for a total of $ 3.5 billion.

 

 

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