Members of the European Parliament consider the law on de-oligarchization, which was signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky on November 5 inefficient. Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, the Vice President of the Committee of EU-Ukraine association said so during the debates in the European Parliament.
"But the problem of oligarchization (in Ukraine, - 112 International) is clearly depicted and obvious. And we truly have to look into the ways of how we can find the tools to disintegrate political interests and business interests, and media interests. It is unacceptable and these are merely political tools that are used by the President to combat his opponents. And it upsets a lot of citizens and members of our delegation. And it's actually nonsense because Ukraine still needs our protection. It will be much better to turn down their offer and ask President's Office to rewrite this law and find a new approach", she said.
The MEP marked that the European partners invest a lot of money in Ukraine but their checks of whether the funds are used appropriately are not enough.
"As European partners, we invest a lot of money in Ukraine. Since I recently got back from Ukraine, I could definitely tell you that some of my partners are really disappointed with Ukraine... We don't check well enough where the money goes to, we don't use our political influence. I definitely recommend everyone, and the Commission, and the European delegation to use this political leverage and not to accept it. So we should see to it that the money reaches population, covers the needs of reform, and covers the development of democracy. Because most of these issues actually complicate the anti-corruption mechanism", the official said.
She also added that the matter of high-level corruption in Ukraine should be discussed in the European Parliament. Specifically, the NABU (top-level anti-corruption authority) has not been functioning properly for the last few months, and there's no tangible progress. Besides, Viola von Cramon-Taubadel claimed that the reforms in Ukraine are poorly implemented.
On November 6, the law "on oligarchs" No. 5599 was published in The Voice of Ukraine newspaper and it ill take effect in 180 days.
You can read more about the law HERE.
As it was reported on September 22, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine decided to consider bill № 5599 on de-oligarchization without waiting for the Venice Commission to issue an opinion.
During consideration of the law on oligarchs Stefanchuk promoted offers of Servants of the People as much as possible, including in consideration by abbreviated procedure - member of the parliament couldn't put the edits in a hall. Almost all factions and groups (except Servant of the People) voted against. They demanded that amendments be considered from each faction.
As a result, the law was passed, but a day later a collision was found in it. In the final text voted by the Verkhovna Rada, three amendments were adopted (№ 396, 398, 406), which have different versions of the fifth article of the law - the definition of an oligarch, and therefore contradict each other.
In particular, the amendment of the ex-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov was approved stating that a person will be included into the register of oligarchs by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NAPC) of Ukraine at the request of a special commission.