European Parliament criticizes Ukraine for weak fight against oligarchs

Source : 112 Ukraine

Besides, the absence of progress in the judicial reform was noted
09:01, 11 November 2020

The MEPs from the Committee on Foreign Affairs noted a lack of progress in Ukraine on liquidation of oligarchy and unreformed judicial system as the report on the implementation of the Association Agreement of Ukraine and the EU states. It is approved by 53 affirmative votes, seven votes against, eight committee members abstained.

The MEPs highlighted the judicial system as one of the institutes that is least trusted in Ukraine. In the report, the MEPs criticized the attempts of the authorities to exert political pressure on independent economic institutes and law enforcement bodies and expressed disappointment at the absence of progress in the liquidation of oligarchy in the country.

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Despite the progress of Ukraine in holding important reforms, especially in agriculture, energy, banking, decentralization, digital economy, environment, and electoral procedures, it is necessary to hold a number of reforms to avoid the rollback.

According to the MEPs, the significant results in the fight against corruption are necessary to keep the support of the reforms among the citizens. They also urged the Commission to develop quality mechanisms to monitor the implementation of the reforms in Ukraine, including clear criteria and principles of conditionality.

“The path the country has pursued since the Revolution of Dignity is impressive. Huge challenges remain continued Russian aggression, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the activities of those who continue to disregard the Rule of Law and anti-corruption efforts,” German MEP Michael Gahler stated.

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Earlier, the members of the European Parliament opposed the initiative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dissolve the Constitutional Court (CCU). MPs believe that the CCU should be renewed, not dissolved.



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