Ukraine has fulfilled its obligations as the member of the Council of Europe regarding the adoption of the new Code of Criminal Procedure, President Viktor Yanukovych said during the coordination meeting of the law enforcement officials on "Ensuring combating crime and corruption in the country in terms of reforming the criminal procedural law", the President’s press service informs.

"The Code of Criminal Procedure of 1961 goes to past. The new Code of Criminal Procedure will come into force these days. This historic event will be an important step of our state on the path of European integration," the President said.
"Our state had to wait more than a year before the adoption of such an important act. The fact that we has ascertain the need for change to come to a qualitative new Code clearly shows Ukraine's aspirations to develop as a European law-governed state, strengthen the rule of law and fully assert the rights and freedoms of citizens," Yanukovych said.

He also stressed that the implementation of the new criminal procedure should not only lead to profound changes in the Ukrainian legal system, being awaited by our society. "A comprehensive, integrated process of upgrading relations between the citizen and the state would be a further step in this direction".
This process will be facilitated by further conduct of judicial reform and security sector and defense reform, in particular, reform of its law enforcement segment.

Today, new priorities for future changes have been already incorporated in the new edition of the National Security Strategy of Ukraine," Yanukovych concluded.



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