Justice Minister of Ukraine Roman Zvarych has held a press conference dedicated to the launch of the implementation of the Ukrainian Project against Corruption (UPAC).

Ukraine will stand little chance of success in Euro integration if it does not take a decisive step toward elimination of corruption, Minister Zvarych has revealed at the press conference.

UPAC is funded with ?1,75 million from the European Communities' TACIS Program and will be implemented by the Council of Europe.

The European Commission assistance to Ukraine on eradicating corruption is governed by the European Neighbouring Policy (ENP) EU-Ukraine Action Plan. The Action Plan, adopted in February 2005, contains provisions regarding the need to ensure the effectiveness of the fight against corruption, the Council of Europe, Directorate General of Legal Affairs informs. The project will be implemented by the Council of Europe in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice and other Ukrainian stakeholder institutions, and will last until May 2009.

UPAC will provide the Ukrainian counterparts with assistance in the implementation of the recently adopted National Anti-corruption Concept (Strategy); this includes support to the elaboration of an Action Plan, and to the creation of effective monitoring mechanisms to oversee the success of the Concept.

UPAC will also help the Ukrainian authorities' to increase their capacities for the prevention of corruption, and contribute to the approximation of Ukrainian legislation to international standards in the fight against corruption, in particular those set by the Council of Europe Criminal and Civil Law Conventions against Corruption, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.


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