15:51 13.07.2017

Juncker: Ukraine needs to create special anti-corruption chamber within its judiciary

Juncker: Ukraine needs to create special anti-corruption chamber within its judiciary

The European Union does not insist Ukraine should set up a separate anti-corruption court, but suggests a special anti-corruption chamber created within the Ukrainian judiciary could be enough, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said.

"What we are asking is to increase the fight against corruption because corruption is undermining all the efforts this great nation is undertaking," he said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and EU Council President Donald Tusk in Kyiv on Thursday.

"So we were offering to the president this morning, President Tusk and myself, how to deal with this problem when it comes to jurisdictions. Till now the EU was requesting from Ukraine to create a special court in charge of corruption affairs. Now we agreed this morning that if Ukraine would introduce in its judicial system a chamber dedicated to dealing with this that would be sufficient. Not the instruments are important, but the intentions and decisions and the consequences of all this are important," Juncker said.

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