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The National Agency on Corruption Prevention has presented an updated Unified state register of persons who committed acts of corruption or corruption-related offenses (Register of corrupt officials).

NACP Chief Oleksandr Novikov and Head of the NACP's Department of Prevention and Detection of Corruption Serhiy Derkach presented the update, while the event was also attended by Ukraine's foreign partners, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

Read alsoU.S. Embassy lists two main challenges hindering Ukraine's developmentAccording to Novikov, 59% of Ukrainians believe opening data on corrupt officials is one of the main measures to prevent corruption; before the update, the Register of corrupt officials remained a formality given an inconvenient search tool and categorizing issues.

"Today we are presenting a new register. Now you can see how many persons have been held accountable for corruption. Among them, in particular, how many were charged with criminal offenses, how many – with administrative offenses, and how many are subject to disciplinary liability. We've also made a convenient search tool, and now by entering a name or type of the offense committed, anyone may analyze data," Novikov said.

The official added that the update includes an interactive map of offenses.

"Now you can see the number of persons who have committed corruption offenses in any area with a breakdown for each category of offenses," Novikov said.

Now all participants in public procurement processes will be able to check whether officials or legal entities with whom they intend to do business have been put on the Register of corrupt officials, he said.

Being on that register disallows participation in procurement transactions, Novikov added.

Constitutional crisis in Ukraine: Background

On October 27, the Constitutional Court, on the motion of 47 MPs, adopted a decision repealing Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code, which had provided for liability for inaccurate declaration of assets by government officials.

The Constitutional Court also recognized unconstitutional the provisions of laws on the verification of e-declarations, and abolished the powers of the NACP to verify such declarations and identify conflict of interest.

President Volodymyr Zelensky tabled bill No. 4288 in parliament to terminate the powers of all Constitutional Court judges. The document states, in particular, that the decision of the Constitutional Court of October 27 is "null and void" (such that it does not create legal consequences) as such that was adopted by the Constitutional Court judges in conditions of a real conflict of interests." Zelensky proposes the termination of the powers of Constitutional Court judges, suggesting that actors authorized to appoint new judges immediately begin the competitive selection.

The Venice Commission has acknowledged that the Constitutional Court's decision of October 27 "lacks clear reasoning, has no firm basis in international law, and was possibly tainted with a major procedural flaw – an unresolved question of a conflict of interest of some judges."

On January 25, 2021, the Ambassadors of the G7 countries (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan) in Ukraine provided advice to the Ukrainian authorities on how to reform the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) and conduct judicial reform in general.

According to the G7 Ambassadors, they provided a set of priority actions that should restore public confidence in the Ukrainian judiciary and anti-corruption infrastructure and trust in them, as well as significantly contribute to the advancement of Ukraine on the path to achieving a prosperous, secure democracy.