Ukraine's Parliament Adopts Range of European Integration Laws Related to Combating Corruption
Friday, 8 December 2023
Pursuant to the European Commission's criteria for opening negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU, the Ukrainian parliament on Friday approved draft laws on increasing the ranks of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, strengthening the autonomy and independence of the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO), and expanding the powers of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention.
AsUkrainian lawmaker Yaroslav Zhelezniak wrote on Telegram, the Law on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine envisages extending the maximum number of staff of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine from 700 to 1,000. Particularly, the number of senior personnel is to increase from 500 to 750.
Under the law on the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, the SAPO is to be removed from the structure of the Prosecutor General's Office and reorganised into a separate prosecutorial body within the general system of prosecutorial bodies with the status of a separate legal entity under public law.
Changes are also envisaged for the competitive selection procedure for the positions of the SAPO Head, his deputies and prosecutors.
The Law on the National Agency on Corruption Prevention stipulates that the Agency may inspect property acquired before public service and property acquired by applicants for public service positions without affecting the rules related to national security during martial law.