EU reminds Ukraine bilateral relations depend on progress in fighting corruption
The European Union has reiterated that the fight against corruption in Ukraine is a key element in the development of bilateral relations, and also emphasized the Ukrainian authorities have to ensure the independence of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).
"The fight against corruption is a key element in the development of EU-Ukraine relations, upon which the success of other reforms rests. The public disclosure of a corruption investigation by the General Prosecutor Office significantly weakens the capacity of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to effectively conduct investigations and undermines public trust in an effective fight against corruption," EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic said in a statement published by the EU Delegation to Ukraine on Tuesday.
She recalled that Ukrainian authorities have to reinforce their efforts to ensure the independence, operational capacity and full effectiveness of the anti-corruption institutions. "The work of these institutions must not be undermined but reinforced," the statement reads.