President of Ukraine

President on preparing a draft law on the Anticorruption Court: I hope for progress on this issue in the next few days

8 December 2017 - 14:18

President on preparing a draft law on the Anticorruption Court: I hope for progress on this issue in the next few days

During a working visit to Lithuania, President Petro Poroshenko discussed the issue of the creation of the Supreme Anticorruption Court of Ukraine with President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.

"I informed Mrs. President about the issue of establishing the Anticorruption Court. As you know, this initiative is blocked in the Parliament by a bill registered a year ago that does not allow to introduce a new draft law," the Head of State noted during a conversation with media representatives following talks with President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. He recalled that the old bill received a critical conclusion of the Venice Commission, including on the unconstitutionality of the provisions of this project.

The President recalled that he had appealed to the Verkhovna Rada with a proposal to create an appropriate working group to prepare a new draft law, taking into account the comments of the Venice Commission.

"Unfortunately, today, the Parliament did not respond to my request and it's easier to go on television shows than to work on the draft law," he noted, emphasizing that in case of delay by the Parliament he would submit his version of the draft law on the creation of the Anticorruption Court taking into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission in the near future.

The President noted that foreign partners had also offered assistance in preparing this project. "We will definitely use this help," he said.

Petro Poroshenko also informed that he had discussed the issue of setting up the Anticorruption Court during negotiations with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, adding that the position was fully supported by all our international partners.

"I was glad to hear support from the President (of Lithuania - ed.) of my position regarding the need for the adoption by the Parliament of Ukraine of a bill on the establishment of such a court as soon as possible. I hope for progress on this issue in the next few days," the Head of State said.

Petro Poroshenko is hopeful that on December 15, a new Supreme Court will begin working. "This will already be a cassation instance and the issues of anticorruption bodies' initiatives will have a transparent, objective, impartial, professional judicial review. I think that this is extremely important with regard to the anticorruption steps Ukraine is taking today," he said.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė also stressed that her "country supports the creation of an Anticorruption Court in Ukraine". "We understand that this practice is not common in other European countries. We understand that such a court should become a transition for the period until the Ukrainian judicial system is capable of fighting corruption efficiently," Dalia Grybauskaitė said. She also emphasized the importance of further reforming the prosecutor's office in its anticorruption activities.