Bill on Anti-Corruption Court meets Venice Commission recommendations
The bill on the Anti-Corruption Court has been drafted in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine and the recommendations of the Venice Commission, and discussions on specific norms should be held in the Ukrainian parliament, the press service of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration has told Interfax-Ukraine.
"The bill on the Anti-Corruption Court has been drafted in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine and in accordance with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. Today, the draft law is in the Verkhovna Rada, therefore all discussions on special norms should be held within the legal framework in the Ukrainian parliament," the administration's press service reported on Monday.
President Petro Poroshenko repeatedly stressed that the leadership of the state has the political will to create an independent anti-corruption court, according to the report.
Earlier on Monday, the Yevropeiska Pravda media outlet, referring to a letter from IMF Mission Chief for Ukraine Ron van Rooden to Head of the Presidential Administration Ihor Rainin, reported that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had officially notified the Ukrainian authorities that the adoption of the presidential bill on the High Anti-Corruption Court in the current wording would mean the violation by Kyiv of its obligations to international partners.
"The submission by the President of the draft law on the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC, draft law 7440) was expected to be a positive step in this direction [fighting corruption]. However, we have serious concerns about the draft law that was submitted to Parliament on December 22, as several provisions are not consistent with the authorities' commitments under Ukraine's IMF-supported program and the recommendations of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe," the letter says.
According to the report, the document contains nine systemic remarks.