GRECO has made public today its Fourth Round Interim Compliance Report on Ukraine (dealing with corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors), as adopted by GRECO at its 93rd Plenary Meeting (Strasbourg, 20-24 March 2023).
In light of the progress made, GRECO has concluded that the current level of compliance with its recommendations is no longer “globally unsatisfactory” and, thus, Ukraine exits GRECO’s non-compliance procedure. GRECO recognises the strong commitment shown by Ukraine in respect of GRECO’s work at an extremely difficult time for this member State, following the war of aggression by the Russian Federation. Wartime has led to the necessity of adopting martial law, a state of emergency and the adjustment of priorities. In such a context, it is remarkable that Ukraine has nevertheless continued its work to implement GRECO’s recommendations. Even if work still lies ahead, Ukraine’s timely submission of information to GRECO, as well as the progress reported, is to be commended.