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Ukraine: monitor expresses deep concern over recent Constitutional Court decision on anti-corruption laws

The co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Ukraine, Alfred Heer (Switzerland, ALDE), has today expressed serious concern about the consequences of the recent decision of the Ukrainian Constitutional Court regarding anti-corruption legislation, which could have far-reaching detrimental effects on the anti-corruption structures in the country and their capacity to effectively fight corruption, including among the judiciary.

“I call upon the authorities to take all necessary actions to restore the effective functioning of the e-declaration system and to clarify the legal status of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. At the same time I urge the authorities to refrain from any actions that would have a lasting detrimental effect on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Ukraine. I share the concerns expressed by the Presidents of GRECO and the Venice Commission in that respect,” said Mr Heer.