KYIV - October 30, 2020. The Ukrainian Bar Association sent an open appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with a request to immediately prepare 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 Article 366-1 of the CCU on declaring unreliable information unconstitutional. Along with it, a number of norms of the Law "On Prevention of Corruption" were repealed, which make it impossible for full-fledged activities of anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine.
Open access to electronic declarations, the authority of the NAPC 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 as stated by the NAPC.
In addition, lawyers drew attention to the unconstitutionality of the President's draft law №4288, 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).