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IMF, Venice Commission to meet over Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy announced this, saying the parties will try to agree on some issues to lessen the disputes when the Verkhovna Rada will be adopting the document
12:58, 21 May 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy said that today he would take part in the discussion to agree on the Anti-Corruption Court draft law with the representatives of the International Monetary Fund and Venice Commission. He announced this during the council of the Parliament on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“Today I will also attend the meetings so that we with the IMF and the Venice Commission can decide on the position (regarding the draft law on the Anti-Corruption Court). This way, during the voting we would not have too many disputes and we could gain the majority of votes,” Parubiy said.

He noted that 1,925 amendments to the draft law were submitted.

“The committee meeting will take place today at 15:00, and it is crucial that all members of the committee attend the meeting to make the decision…You also know that most positions are consistent with the IMF and the Venice Commission. It is the last position that will be discussed - the powers of Public Council of International Experts,” Parubiy added.

The Speaker of Parliament said the meeting of the Committee on Legal Policy was today’s main issue. He announced that the bill will be considered in the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada tomorrow afternoon.

Related: EU is concerned about Anti-Corruption Court Bill adoption in Ukraine

As it was reported earlier, President Petro Poroshenko is convinced that the process of creating an Anti-Corruption Court will be completed already in the first half of this year. He said this in an interview to Focus magazine during the discussion of the issue of Ukraine's cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

At the same time, Poroshenko stressed that, along with the position on the need to further strengthen the fight against corruption, the IMF notes significant economic growth and the implementation of reforms in our state. "I am proud of the fact that we managed to improve the investment climate, for these four years we reached more than 25 years ago," he said, noting that this is not only an assessment of the IMF, but also of the World Bank.

The Verkhovna Rada supported in the first reading the presidential bill number 7440 on the Anti-Corruption Court on March 1Since that day, the head of state has called upon the people's deputies to speed up the work on the adoption of the full document.

This bill provides that the Anti-Corruption Court will consider cases if the subject of the crime or the damage caused is at least 500 times higher than the subsistence minimum for able-bodied persons (from January 1, this is UAH 881 thousand). This is the basic condition. And it does not matter who considered the case - the National Police, Prosecutor General's Office or NABU. Some of the articles describe violations related to drugs or weapons, but there are no articles regarding electronic declaration.

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