A delegation headed by the Director of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau A.Sytnyk and Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Preventing and Combating Corruption Y.Soboliev visited the Council of Europe on 22 June 2015. During the visit, Ukrainian officials and experts met with the Council of Europe Secretary General, Secretary General Special Adviser for Ukraine, Director General of Programmes, Head of the Action against Crime Department, Director of the Venice Commission, lawyers of the European Court for Human Rights, and Council of Europe experts on anti-corruption reforms.
Support to the newly established Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau and strengthening of its operational capacities were the key topics of discussion. The Ukrainian authorities acknowledged that the fight against corruption is a high level priority in Ukraine, requiring comprehensive and serious efforts, and expressed their intention to continue cooperation with the Council of Europe on this matter. It was agreed that the Council of Europe support in the next 30 months will address the following priorities:
1. Increased compliance with anti-corruption legislation;
2. Strengthened capacities of the National Anti-corruption Bureau (NABU);
3. Strengthened institutional capacities for management of recovered/seized assets;
4. Support National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) and strengthening of anti-corruption prevention measures.
The visit was realized through the joint CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) Project for Ukraine “Fight against Corruption - Open Facility of Advisory Services for Ukraine (PCF-UA/AC-OFAS)” implemented by the Economic Crime and Cooperation Unit-DG I.