The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that Ukraine still has to change before it enters the European Union
Ursula von der Leyen urged to appoint heads of NABU and SAPO as soon as possible / Photo: Collage: Today
Ukraine still has many reforms to do before joining the EU, one of which is the eradication of corruption in the country. This was during a video speech in the Verkhovna Rada, said the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
According to her, Ukraine has already made significant progress on its way to the EU, for example, the creation of SAPO and NABU, but these organizations should be strengthened by new people.
“Take the fight against corruption. You have created an amazing anti-corruption machine. But now these institutions need teeth and they need people in leadership positions. Most likely, a new head of the SAPO and a new director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine should be appointed,” she said.
Speaking about the reform of the Constitutional Court, the head of the European Commission recalled the need to adopt legislation on the procedures for selecting judges, reduce the excessive influence of oligarchs on the economy, and adopt a media law that will bring Ukrainian legislation in line with current EU standards.
She also noted that reforms always take time and no one expects Ukraine to do everything quickly, since many of the best and smartest are now fighting at the front.
“Today I am here with a very simple message. There is a long road ahead, but Europe will be with you every step of the way, for as long as you like, from these dark days of war to the moment you open the door to our European Union,” she said. she is.
The situation with NABU
- 42-year-old Artem Sytnik has served as the head of NABU since the establishment of the department – since April 2015. He is a lawyer by profession, a former prosecutor’s office investigator.
- On January 20, the Commission for the Selection of the Chairman of the SAPO announced the start of the selection of candidates for three vacant positions in the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office: the head of the SAPO, his deputy and the head of the department of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. The competition stalled when NABU detective Oleksandr Klymenko and prosecutor of the Office of the Prosecutor General Andriy Sinyuk reached the final stage of the selection.