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Political Points for 29 May – 4 June 2018


Political Points of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform include a weekly expert analysis of the most important processes in Ukraine in areas of constitutionalism, political parties and elections, governance and public administration reform, judiciary, combatting corruption, criminal justice, etc. 

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Formation of a negative attitude towards corruption in Ukraine is taken care of by all, but not by those who are obliged to do so

1. CPLR expert opinion

Formation of a negative attitude of citizens towards corruption is taken care of by all, but not by those who are obliged to do so in accordance with their positions.

2. Respective authorities counter-point/argument

The National Agency for Corruption Prevention (NACP) and the Ministry of Justice (Minjust) believe that they duly perform their duties.

3. CPLR assessment of the authorities counter-point

On June 1, the “Park of Corruption” was opened in the Botanical Garden of Kyiv. This is the brightest event ever organized in the area of forming intolerant attitude towards corruption among citizens and anticorruption exercises.

This is a project of the EU Anticorruption Initiative in Ukraine. Private entrepreneurs and civil activists were involved in its creation. However, representatives of the government (except for the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine, which also took part in the creation of the park) only came to the opening of the “Park of Corruption” as ordinary guests.

4. Related legislation/instructions which require the authorities act in a certain manner

According to the State Program on the Implementation of the Principles of State Anticorruption Policy in Ukraine (Anticorruption Strategy) for 2015-2017, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated April 29, 2015, No. 265, it is the NACP that is responsible for the regular conduct of information campaigns aimed at formation of non-acceptance of corruption by the society, while the Ministry of Justice is responsible for carrying out a complex of measures aimed at raising the level of legal consciousness of the society, in particular as regards the awareness of citizens about their rights and freedoms, the mechanism of their realization and legal protection means, and the NACP and the Ministry of Justice together with the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting – for clarifying the most important anti-corruption measures taking place in the state, provisions of the legislation on prevention and fighting of corruption, in particular regarding the definition of types and forms of corruption behavior, on the models of the correct behavior in situations with potential corruption risks.

5. CPLR expert suggestions on how to fix the problem using the legal instruments available in Ukraine

Time is right for the NACP and the Ministry of Justice, other relevant state authorities to stop watching and learn to carry out their powers proactively and creatively.