EU on Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office in Ukraine: "good step forward"
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed the completion of the process of establishing the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office in Ukraine, Chief EC Spokesman Margaritis Schinas told journalists in Brussels on Thursday, commenting on the results of the meeting of President Juncker with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Jean-Claude Juncker and Petro Poroshenko met on Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Schinas said, the President of Ukraine "explained at length all the actions and steps" regarding the visa liberalization process in view of the next Commission report on the topic, which is due in mid-December, an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels reports.
"Reforms to fight against and prevent corruption remain the key priority, the fulfillment of the benchmarks in this area will allow Ukraine to complete the implementation of the second phase of the visa liberalization process," Chief EC Spokesman said.
Read alsoUkraine's Anti-corruption prosecutor appointedIn this regard, he noted that the establishment of an operational and independent Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau are "key conditions in this process."
"In this regard, President Poroshenko informed President Juncker on the designation of the specialized anti-corruption prosecutor, who will lead the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine. President Juncker welcomed the completion of this process. The nomination of this prosecutor is a key part in the process of establishing effective anti-corruption structures in Ukraine and a good step forward," Schinas said.
Read alsoSBU's jurisdiction limited to crimes against national security, terrorismHe also stated the EC hopes the specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office under the leadership of Nazar Kholodnytsky can soon become operational and deliver, in close cooperation with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, tangible results in fighting corruption in Ukraine.