On 13 January 2016, feedback discussion between Artem Sytnyk, head of NABU and participants of the study visit together with representatives of Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine, Mika Aalto, in charge of anti-corruption component and Petro Pavlychenko, national anti-corruption expert.
The essence of the meeting was to assess whether the study visit reached its desired outcomes. The overall aim of the study visit was to show a functioning Finnish model of how to effectively investigate complex crimes and how to trace and confiscate proceeds of crime. One of the key priorities was to establish cooperation between NABU and Finnish authorities such as Ministry of Justice, General Prosecutor Office and National Bureau of Investigation.
Artem Sytnyk highlighted that study visit enhanced their vision of mechanisms required to achieve effective and efficient institution. “Some of the learned things have been put in practice in NABU as a practical outcome of the study visit. NABU is in process to establish own mechanisms based on good practices learned from international experience and from that perspective study visit to Finland was highly useful,” – added Artem Sytnyk.
NABU representatives and EU experts noted there were decisive elements that must have been in place to carry out the work effectively. For example, direct access to various sources of information and cooperation between authorities. In Finland the legal framework and procedures are well-developed and functioning without obstacles. Changes in legal framework and careful consideration of procedures should be the priority for NABU activities. “It was obvious that NABU representatives wanted to learn from Finnish experience and in particular some of the learned practices have been put in practice in Ukraine,” – noted Mika Aalto, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.