The monitoring co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their concern at current attempts in the Verkhovna Rada to suspend the enactment of three laws of the anti-corruption package adopted last June – which, among other things, prohibit the private funding of courts – and called for their rapid implementation.

“The funding of the courts outside the government budget, ie. with private means, would be a continuous potential for corruption and run counter to European standards,” said Renate Wohlwend (Liechtenstein, EPP/CD) and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (Germany, ALDE) in an information note made public this week.

Overall, they said Ukraine had made “very little tangible progress” since April in fulfilling its Council of Europe commitments, mainly because of the “polarised” environment ahead of the coming Presidential election.

However, they also pointed to an agreement with the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada to adopt a “specific roadmap”, with realistic timetables, for adopting the legal reforms – including Constitutional reform – that are part of Ukraine’s Council of Europe commitments. This could “potentially give new impetus” to the reform process, they said.

The co-rapporteurs said they planned to visit Ukraine again shortly after the election to facilitate the adoption of this road-map.


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