: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine should expand Anti-Corruption Bureau powers following publication of e-declarations – U.S. ambassador

A wave of public discontent with corruption, sparked by the publication of e-declaration of assets of Ukraine`s officials evidences the need to expand the powers of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and accelerate the establishment of the anti-corruption court, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said in an interview with ZN.ua.

She noted that electronic declaration of assets was, in fact, the beginning rather than the end of the process of combating corruption in Ukraine, ZN.ua reports.

The wave of public discontent with corruption points to the need to preserve and expand the powers of NABU, related to investigation routine, according to Yovanovitch, who also added that the anti-corruption court should be set up as soon as possible.

The ambassador has said Washington is ready to support the efforts of the Ukrainian government in fighting corruption. Asked whether there is a threat that e-declarations may turn into a stage of providing amnesty to illegal capital, Yovanovitch said that the U.S. was aware that the system of electronic declaration of assets was the beginning, not the end of the process of identifying and stopping corrupt activities.

The ambassador pointed out that the prospects of bringing corrupt officials to justice should be determined by the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian government.

According to Yovanovitch, the U.S. side expects from the Ukrainian law enforcers completed investigations into suspicious facts revealed in the process of e-declaration of assets.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 30 the first stage of filing electronic declarations of assets by Ukraine officials. MPs have filed more than 400 e-declarations, other officials filed another 79.

The electronic declaration system started operating from September 1, 2016.


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