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This day is designated by the UN to raise awareness of corruption and the role of the UN Convention against Corruption adopted in December 2005. Ukraine ratified the Convention a year later.

Combating corruption is one of the main challenges to Ukraine as well as the key to building an effective government that would serve the public and work to ensure human rights and improve the people’s well-being.  The European Union has been providing ongoing support to the Ukrainian government and civil society in implementing anticorruption reforms. Anticorruption and prosecution reform components of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” are specifically designed for that purpose.

As part of the overall support the EU Project focus on development of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) as an effective professional agency. The Project experts have been incorporated in the Bureau to provide the most targeted assistance in identifying problems and needs and providing professional advice. They also assist with assessment of asset recovery related laws and their consistency with EU standards. Another aspect of support to NABU is sharing best practices in analysis and investigation.

Apart from NABU, the EU “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” was instrumental in organizing open recruitment for the position of the prosecutors for the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.  Moreover project aims to have comprehensive approach in order to combat corruption and therefore the aim is to enhance our efforts to support institutions that are established for prevention of corruption.  

 “Ukraine made good effort to get all anticorruption agencies in place. Now the country has prerequisites to start effective fight against corruption. This is one of the main demands of Ukrainian society, which is expecting tangible results. The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” reaffirms its commitment to render all necessary assistance to NABU and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office ,” – notes Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project.