The head of the Support Group for Ukraine in the European Commission, Peter Wagner, said that the European Union expects Ukrainian authorities to establish the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court in accordance with all standards and to implement the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. He said this on Monday during a roundtable concerning “Ukraine: prospects for 2018" in the European political center, Radio Liberty reports.
"If we talk about what is expected of Ukraine outside the country, there are several points. At the moment, the proper creation of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court is crucial. The big step that we have been waiting for a long time was that President Poroshenko before the New Year sent this bill to the Verkhovna Rada. Civil society and the international community have several remarks in this regard, which the Venice Commission has also clearly defined, "the politician said.
The European official also noted that the second important issue is the implementation of the Agreement on EU-Ukraine Association.
"In particular, how to ensure economic growth. This is very important before the elections, so that people feel the benefits of carrying out the reforms," Wagner added.
As it was reported earlier the EU delegation in Ukraine officially slammed the presidential administration for submitting the controversial version of the draft law about establishing the anti-corruption court in Ukraine; it contradicts Kyiv's commitments before the EU and the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
EU officials added that 'creating the actually independent and effective Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine would become a vital step in fighting corruption in this country'. On the other hand, they said, the bill submitted by the President does not meet Ukraine's commitments and the Venice Commission's recommendations. It's important that these issues be reconsidered, and the EU sends that signal to the Ukrainian government,' the EU representatives said.