Expert discussion on the Draft Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology for the public sector (Kyiv, Ukraine,
1 December 2016)
On 1 December 2016, PCF-Ukraine Project supported the National Agency for Corruption Prevention in organising an expert discussion on the Draft Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology for the public sector. The event gathered representatives from the Business Ombudsman Council, the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction (NACP), civil society, as well as Council of Europe experts, to discuss proposed solutions and possible areas for improvement. A number of comments expressed during the discussion were incorporated into the final text of the Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology adopted by the NACP on 5 December 2016. Remaining suggestions will form the basis for development of the Explanatory Guidelines to the Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology.
Public officials introduced to concepts of corruption risk assessments and public sector anti-corruption programs (Kyiv, Ukraine,
30 November 2016)
Over 130 public officials responsible for anti-corruption programs in the public sector took part in the workshop on "Corruption risks assessment and drafting of anti-corruption programs in the public sector" which took place on 30 November 2016 in Kyiv. The workshop provided participants with the opportunity to get introduced to the concepts of corruption risk assessments and anti-corruption programs, as well as to discuss good practices in using these tools with the Council of Europe experts. It also served as a platform to present and discuss the draft corruption risk assessment framework developed by the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption, and hear about other models of corruption risk assessment implemented by the Ukrainian Deposit Guarantee Fund, the Ministry of Defence, and the Corporate Governance Professional Association of Ukraine. Pursuant to the Law of Ukraine “On Corruption Prevention”, the public authorities in Ukraine are obliged to conduct corruption risk assessments and develop internal anti-corruption programs.
Cross-sector discussion of the challenges of implementing anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine, 29 November 2016)
On 29 November 2016, representatives from a wide spectrum of institutions in Ukraine, including the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Constitutional Commission and Judicial Reform Council, along with representatives of the civil sector and the international community, gathered at the conference "Corruption as a threat to the national security: preventing, combating, prosecuting" to discuss current challenges with implementing anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine. Representatives of the institutions and international experts considered Ukraine’s track-record in implementing international standards, developing sustainable anti-corruption mechanisms, and the continuing challenges and possible solutions. The event was supported by the PCF Project “Fight against Corruption in Ukraine” and the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine.
National Anti-Corruption Bureau considers strengthening internal control structures through integrity testing and work with whistleblowers
(21 – 22 November 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine)
A two-day workshop on “Integrity testing and whistleblower protection within law enforcement internal controls” took place on 21–22 November 2016 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Some 12 department officers from the Internal Control Department of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) participated and benefited from the workshop, which was a combination of expert discussions and practical exercises. It offered the participants an opportunity to acquaint themselves with internal and managerial control tools such as integrity testing and work with whistleblowers. During the two-day workshop, Council of Europe experts shared good practices of countries including the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Romania. The workshop represents the second activity targeted at supporting NABU’s efforts in strengthening internal control structures.
Expert discussion on good practices with internal control mechanisms for NABU
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 27–28 October 2016)
15 department officers from the Internal Control Department of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) participated in a two-day workshop on “Good practices with internal control mechanisms in specialised law enforcement agencies” which took place on 27–28 October 2016, in Kyiv Ukraine.
The workshop provided an opportunity for NABU detectives to get familiarised with challenges and good practices in other countries, including Romania and Slovenia. Discussions were focused on internal structuring of internal controls, preventive mechanisms, integrity building, internal reporting tools, and methodologies for the detection and prevention of corruption risks within law enforcement agencies. The workshop was one of the first assistance efforts specifically targeted at the needs of the Internal Control Department in an overall effort to help NABU build its internal control structures.
The National Anti-Corruption Prevention Agency begins developing key performance indicators (Kyiv, Ukraine, 6 - 7 October 2016)
On 6-7 October 2016, representatives of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) met with Council of Europe experts to discuss good practices in developing key performance indicators and progress benchmarks for corruption prevention bodies. The meeting represents the first step of the Council of Europe’s support to the NACP in developing mechanisms to assess progress in achieving its main tasks. During the meeting, the two sides discussed best practices concerning the assessment of the work of preventive bodies, the main statistical indicators of the NACP activity, the assessment of the efficiency of the NACP vis-a-vis the overall corruption situation in Ukraine, and possible performance indicators and progress benchmarks which can be used for evaluation of the NACP’s effectiveness. The process that the NACP is undertaking with Council of Europe support is innovative, as there are very limited similar comparative models.
Council of Europe takes part in the Kyiv International Economic Forum 2016 (Kyiv, Ukraine, 6 October 2016)
A Council of Europe expert took part in the panel discussion on “Anti-Corruption Global Experience” at the Kyiv International Economic Forum 2016. The expert presented the Council of Europe’s support to ongoing anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine. The event was broadcast live on the internet and reported in the media. Other speakers of the panel included the Deputy Justice Minister of Ukraine, the Regional Prosecutor of Odessa, a member of an international NGO, and two representatives of the international business sector.
The National Agency on Corruption Prevention discusses corruption risk assessment methodologies and anti-corruption programs
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 29-30 September 2016)
On 29-30 September 2016, representatives of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) met with Council of Europe experts to discuss standards and good practices in developing a corruption risk assessment methodology and anti-corruption programs for the public sector. According to the Ukrainian “Law on Prevention of Corruption”, the NACP is in charge of providing guidance to authorities on conducting corruption risks in their activities and implementing measures to address them, including the preparation and implementation of anti-corruption programs. During the two day meeting, NAPC officials and Council of Europe experts discussed established standards and good comparative practices in development of corruption risk assessments, anti-corruption and integrity programs for the public sector. Similar efforts in Ukraine from different sectors, including those of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission and the “Energoatom” State Enterprise, were also discussed.
The two days of meetings marked the beginning of Council of Europe assistance to the NAPC in developing several key anti-corruption prevention tools.
Preparation of new rules of ethical conduct for civil servants and local government officials
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 22 March 2016)
A Council of Europe expert advised the Working Group of the National Agency of Ukraine for Public Service during its meeting on 22 March 2016. The members of the working group discussed the draft general rules of ethical conduct for civil servants and local government officials, developed by the National Agency of Ukraine for Public Service (NAUPS). All comments, suggestions and amendments made by the working group were incorporated in the draft document and sent to NAUPS for adoption. The adopted paper will be submitted to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine for final approval.
Civic involvement in fight against corruption
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 11 February 2016)
On 11 February 2016, a Council of Europe expert met with the Verkovna Rada Parliamentary Committee on Legal Assistance and Law Enforcement to discuss possible avenues of
civic involvement in fight against corruption. The meeting is a follow-up to previous Council of Europe Expert Opinion on legislative amendments introducing the concept of
"civil prosecution". The "civil prosecution" legislative amendments were returned to Verkhovna Rada by the President due to a number of deficiencies identified in the
Council of Europe Expert Opinion.
NABU detectives and analysts enhance their international cooperation skills
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 2-5 February 2016)
Forty-four investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) attended two back-to back trainings on Cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies on corruption and economic crime investigations, which took place on 2-3 and 4-5 February in Kyiv. A team of Council of Europe experts on mutual legal assistance, economic crime investigations and asset recovery conducted a comprehensive programme comprised of issue specific presentations, discussion on case examples, and group work. Participants were able to discuss informal and formal avenues of obtaining information and evidence from abroad, good practices with letters rogatory, and apply what they had learned on a hypothetical case study involving an international bribery and money-laundering case.
NABU Detectives learn best practices on investigating high-level corruption crimes
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 25 January 2016)
A seminar for the newly-recruited detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) was organized in Kyiv on 25 January 2016. Twenty-four detectives listened to presentations delivered by the Council of Europe expert and former GRECO President, Mr Drago Kos, and discussed issues concerning practical work of running complex investigations.
The seminar was built as a mixture of lecture points and interactive discussions, which was particularly appreciated by the participants. Issues elaborated throughout the day dealt with essentials of anti-corruption field-work, spanning such topics as proactive and reactive investigations, shaping investigative strategies, delineating covert and overt phases of the investigation, aligning investigations with ECtHR considerations regarding use of special investigative techniques, task-sharing and coordination with superiors, as well as basic aspects of international mutual legal assistance. In addition, ethical considerations and issues of professional ethics were engrained into every discussion.
Feedback received after the seminar was extremely positive and multiple requests for its repetition for other colleagues from the Detective department of NABU were voiced by the participants.