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Government proposed a package of legislative initiatives to combat systemic corruption
10 April 2014 07:55

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine proposed a package of legislative initiatives aimed at combating systemic corruption. In particular, the creation of the National Service for Combating Corruption, eliminating the economic basis for corruption by deregulation and decentralization of the authorities. This was started by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Government session on April 9.

 

Arseniy Yatsenyuk welcomed the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine which supported initiatives of the Government and political parties and adopted the Law on restoring confidence in the judicial system: “It is important step towards the restoration of the independence of the judiciary and the establishment of fair and impartial justice.”

 

As the Head of the Government informed the draft law "On the establishment of the National Service for Combating Corruption" developed by the Ministry of Justice and our government Commissioner for anti-corruption policy Tatyana Chornovol is on the today’s agenda: “this is the second step, on which we will start combating corruption not only in the judicial system, but also in all state executive authorities and in general in all the power in the country.”

 

He addressed to the Verkhovna Rada to consider urgently this bill and allow creating an independent body that “will really begin to root out corruption from all bodies of the executive power.”

 

He also addressed to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, and Tatyana Chornovol to follow the passage of the bill on creation of National Service for Combating Corruption in the Parliament: “so that during the first and second readings all the proposals that make it possible to create an effective service that really give the real result of combating corruption were taken into account.”

 

The Prime Minister said that other anti-corruption bill is considered today in the Parliament – on reduction of different permits. A. Yatsenyuk specified that it comes about abolition 70 permits from 143 envisaged by the current legislation.

 

“The smaller powers the official has the less chance to take bribes. The simpler rules for issuing permits the less need to engage in bribery and verbal agreements with the authorities. So, a bill on abolition in half of all sorts of permits will be considered today in the Parliament. Including documents relating to the release of agriculture from excessive losses and these are the issuance of various kinds of certificates, the certification of grain storages,” PM added.

 

He stressed that the government does all to get rid of a number of powers: “We deliberately refuse that ministries and agencies in Ukraine issue the hundreds or thousands of permits.”

 

In addition, legislative initiatives provide the transferring of a number of executive powers to the regions. According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk relevant work has already started at the State Inspectorate for Construction Control: “And the requirement concerns each ministry. What we do not need to perform the core functions of the state, we have to cancel the permits or transfer them to regions so that people make decisions whether one or another licensing procedure is required or not on their own mind and to issue documents to entrepreneurs for smooth procedure.”

 

Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on the Parliament and the coalition to support the bill on deregulation, which "is the real way to fight corruption," and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade – to continue the work on deregulation of the Ukrainian economy, reducing the powers of the central authorities.

 

He said that in the sphere of fighting corruption we must learn the experience of other countries, such as Georgia, "to clean up metastases of corruption in Ukraine that exist today."

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