Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Legislative Support of Anti-Corruption Policy, Control for the Civil Rights Observance and Cooperation with Public and other Organizations Oleksandr Riabeka informed that the bill (Reg. No. 5031) lays legal foundations for establishment and activity of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine an authorized state law enforcement body in charge of corruption counteraction, ForUm learned from the press office of the parliament.

The primary tasks of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine are investigative work, preliminary investigation and prejudicial inquiry in the criminal cases within its competence, and counteraction to the corruptive actions committed by the high-ranking officials empowered to fulfill the functions of the state.

The National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine shall consist of the main department and eleven regional departments (a total of 1300 persons), and an educational establishment for personnel development. President of Ukraine shall appoint the director of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations for a five-year period on the basis of an open and transparent competitive selection. Operations officers and investigators shall be appointed on the basis of competitive selection as well.

Members of the working group supported the idea of setting up a special anti-corruption agency. However, they stated that the said bill is an adjusted version of the previous bill "On the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine", but the submitted remarks and proposals have not been fully considered.

The People´s Deputies called against introducing a poorly defined concept of "a high-ranking official empowered to fulfill the functions of the state or local self-government." They claimed that requirements for appointment and dismissal of the director of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine contradict the powers of the Head of State as stipulated by the Constitution of Ukraine.      

Members of the working group stated that authors of the bill provided neither financial-economic argumentation or calculations nor the suggestions concerning cut-down on the budget expenditures and/or sources of extra budget revenue to cover expenses for the establishment and support of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations.

It was decided that after the bill is adjusted, it can be submitted to the committee which should give its opinion in line with the Law "On the Standing Orders of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine."
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