09:57 20.11.2015

Ukrainian, Italian anti-corruption agencies agree to cooperate – Poroshenko

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The Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine have agreed to establish partnership relations, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is currently on an official visit to Italy.

"[The Italian side] will provide advisory services to boost the fight against corruption in Ukraine. We've drawn up a detailed schedule of steps that would intensify our cooperation in that sensitive area," Poroshenko told media in Rome on Thursday after a meeting with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella and Chairman of Italy's Council of Ministers Matteo Renzi.

The Italian officials also expressed support of Ukraine's commitment to carrying out the measures required for a visa-free regime, the Ukrainian president's official website reported. "This is very important especially when an expert group is about to decide on the assessment of Ukraine's efforts to fulfill the visa-free action plan. I hope that the European Commission will take a corresponding decision by the end of December so that the Ukrainian people could have that right as of 2016," Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian president also announced that an agreement on recognizing Ukrainian driver's licenses in Italy had been signed. "It has taken us a long-lasting decade," he said.

What is more, the sides agreed on further steps to facilitate social protection of the Ukrainians who live in Italy.

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