Ukraine's anti-corruption body demands to terminate Naftogaz Chairman's employment contract in court

Source : 112 Ukraine

The agency noted that the previously identified violations have not been eliminated
20:50, 15 July 2021

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The National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) has filed a lawsuit with the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv City to terminate the contract between Ukraine's state-owned company Naftogaz and Chairman of the Board Yuriy Vitrenko. This was reported by the NACP press service.

"Today, July 15, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention filed a lawsuit with the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv City to terminate the contract between Naftogaz-Ukraine and the company's chairman Yuriy Vitrenko," the statement said.

The agency reminded that earlier, NACP found that signing a contract with Vitrenko violated the law on prevention of corruption, as he previously worked as Deputy Minister of Energy and officiated as head of the Ministry influencing Naftogaz.

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After that, the NACP sent instructions to the Cabinet of Ministers and the supervisory board of Naftogaz with a demand to terminate the contract, but this has not happened yet.

As it was reported earlier, Yuriy Vitrenko became the head of Naftogaz on April 29, 2021. On June 15, the head of the NACP Oleksandr Novikov stated in his order that the government`s decision to appoint Yuriy Vitrenko was illegal, so his contract should be canceled. Later, Yuriy Vitrenko announced that he was going to appeal in court, as he considered the order biased and illegal. Afterward, the Minister of Justice Denys Malyuska said that the Cabinet of Ministers would appeal the NACP order. Already on June 18, Kyiv District Administrative Court   suspended the NACP's order on the illegality of appointing Yuriy Vitrenko.

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