President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in the celebrations on the occasion of the Day of Prosecutors of Ukraine and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the prosecution, which took place in the Office of the Prosecutor General.
Congratulating those present on their professional holiday, the Head of State stressed that prosecutors play a leading role in strengthening law and order, reliable protection of human and civil rights and freedoms, interests of society and the state, preservation of civil peace and tranquility.
That is why the reform of the agency was important as it made the prosecutor's office an independent element of the overall justice system with completely new values and principles of activity - efficiency, professionalism and integrity.
"The Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine is 30 years old. May all criminals, corrupt officials and enemies of Ukraine get at least the same number of years of imprisonment thanks to your work," the President said in his speech.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also presented state awards for significant personal contribution to strengthening the rule of law in the state, protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens, exemplary performance of official duties and high professionalism.
Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova stressed that the process of reforming the agency was launched with the support of the incumbent President in 2019. She stated that 2/3 of the prosecutors successfully passed the recertification, and the vacancies were filled with qualified specialists - lawyers from outside the system who have a new vision of work.
According to Iryna Venediktova, one of the main tasks of the renewed body is to increase the level of public trust in prosecutors and the prosecutor's office due to effective work.
"I am proud that today the renewed prosecutor's office is not an isolated agency for serving private interests, but an independent justice system with new values and approaches enshrined in the Development Strategy, which takes into account the best European standards. We are open to anyone who needs protection from wrongdoing and who seeks justice. That is why we are introducing new approaches in the work of public reception offices," said the Prosecutor General.
She also noted that the agency has now changed its approach to protecting business, children's rights, combating domestic violence and more.