KYIV, Ukraine, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - In the framework of fighting
corruption, Ukraine has been taking a series of measures to prevent the
spread of corrupt practices in the country. Occupying 134th position in
the corruption rating of Transparency International, Ukraine now puts a
lot of efforts to improve its international standing. The latest
development was the Law of Ukraine On the Foundations of Prevention and
Combating Corruption along with a number of other accompanying
documents, which the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych signed this
The Law is expected to be an advanced version of anti-corruption
legislation that provides working mechanisms of corruption prevention
used internationally. The Law contains new principles and effective
mechanisms of corruption prevention, noted President Yanukovych at the
National Anti-corruption Committee meeting on Wednesday June 8, 2011.
For example, the law specifies that the President, Head of the
Parliament, Prime Minister, Prosecutor General, ministers and other top
officials will now be eligible for prosecution for corruption.
Having been an integral part of the Soviet political system, corruption
is a tough plant to root up even nowadays. Ukrainian Constitution
contains principles of corruption free political system and numerous
Ukrainian laws make corruption illegal. Between 1995 and 2005 Ukraine
ratified 11 international anti-corruption documents including the UN
Convention against Corruption.
In 2005 international organizations the Financial Action Task Force and
the Council of Europe pressed Ukraine to step up in its anti-corruption
efforts. The Ukrainian Parliament made a resolution in 2006, but it was
not until three years later that the Law was adopted.
The first iteration of the Law of Ukraine On the Foundations of
Prevention and Combating Corruption was passed in 2009 only to be
abrogated in December of 2010. The current version underwent a number
of amendments and delays on its way to the President's table. Most
changes involved income declarations - the final version of the law
establishes a duty to declare both owned and rented property. It should
be noted that the public went furious when the decision was made to
delay adoption of the new version of the Law from April 2010 to January
The Law of Ukraine On the Foundations of Prevention and Combating
Corruption comes into effect on July 1, 2011.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine
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