KYIV - October 30, 2020. The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) sent an open appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with a request to immediately develop and adopt the necessary amendments to the national legislation to resume anti-corruption reform.
The reason for the lawyers' concern was its actual termination and leveling of Ukraine's previous achievements in the fight against corruption by the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU).
Context. On October 27, the CCU declared unconstitutional Article 366-1 of the Criminal code of Ukraine on declaring unreliable information. Along with it, a number of norms of the Law "On Prevention of Corruption" were repealed, which prevent full-fledged activities of anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine.
Open access to electronic declarations, the authority of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) to verify declarations, the timeliness of their submission and monitoring the lifestyle of the declarants have been abolished.
The appointment of heads of government, in particular, the winners of local elections, has been blocked. This was confirmed by the NACP.
In addition, lawyers drew attention to the unconstitutionality of the President's draft law No4288, which would result in the destruction of the system of checks and balances of the authorities in Ukraine and violation of the principle of independence of the judiciary and judges.
The full text of the open appeal is available by the link (in Ukrainian).