The two co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin (Sweden, EPP/CD), have welcomed the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada yesterday of the new Code of Criminal Procedure for Ukraine, PACE said in a statement.

Given the extraordinarily large number of amendments that were tabled to the original draft, the co-rapporteurs especially welcomed the pledge of the President of Ukraine that he will only sign this code into law after having received assurances from the Council of Europe that it is fully in line with European standards and norms.

“A new Code of Criminal Procedure that is fully in line with European standards, if implemented fully and without reservations, would be an important step towards addressing some of the deficiencies in Ukraine’s justice system that were highlighted in PACE Resolution 1832 (2012),” the co-rapporteurs said.

“We stand ready and look forward to continuing the dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with a view to addressing the other deficiencies and issues mentioned in this resolution”, they added.

The co-rapporteurs intend to visit Ukraine for this purpose from 14 to 18 May 2012.

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