In an interview to Financial Times, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the anticorruption infrastructure had been implemented in Ukraine and the establishment of the Anticorruption Court should complete its formation.
“We are launching a huge anti-corruption package. First of all, we presented absolutely independent anti-corruption infrastructure, the National Anticorruption Bureau,” the Head of State noted.
The President says that the NABU is totally independent, as Ukraine now has criminal cases against ministers, chiefs of government agencies, governments of the regions, members of parliament, including members of the ruling coalition. According to him 1,692 corruption cases had a Ukrainian court decision just during 2017.
Petro Poroshenko stated that the Parliament had supported the bill on the anticorruption court in the first reading. “We have an almost constitutional majority in support of my initiative,” he said.
The President reminded that he had initiated the appeal to the Venice Commission as regards that bill. “The Venice Commission said it should be consistent with national legislation,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
The President expects a compromise to be achieved between the MPs and international organizations. “And now that the parliament supports my presidential draft law by an almost constitutional majority, we have an opportunity for discussion in parliament. And I am absolutely happy if all our partners can exchange arguments and find a definite compromise,” he stated.
“Today’s vote was hugely supported by all our international partners. That was a test that we have enough political will to have this vote,” the President added.
Petro Poroshenko is strongly against the possibility for the preparation to the second reading to take several months. “Under the rules of the Ukrainian Parliament, we have two weeks to prepare any amendments, and I insist that it should be a short period of time for the Parliament to analyse all the amendments and find compromise and vote. And my request to the Parliament - please do it as soon as possible. Have a discussion about the recommendation of the Venice Commission,” the Head of State noted.
“My only request is the Constitution. Why? Because I am the guarantor of the Constitution. And I hate the idea that the very next day, anyone can go to the Constitutional Court and suspend or stop this law. That would be a catastrophe,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.