On June 22, 2015 the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk publicly responded to the conflict concerning the panel for selection of members of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC). Acccording to Arsenii Yatseniuk, he is ready to substitute the Government’s representative in the selection panel and “even let civil society” represent the Government there.
Ukrainian civil society involved in reforms is sincerely welcoming the Government’s desire to solve the conflict concerning the NAPC selection panel as soon as possible. The Prime Minister’s participation in regulation of the problem and his readiness to change his representative in the panel is especially valuable for us.
At the same time, the issue of integrity of at least half of the panel remains open. As you know, the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Fighting Corruption has found a number of facts that show collusion of some civil society representatives who participated in the elections to the selection panel, and has taken a decision to address the Prosecutor General’s office with the request to study the legitimacy of those elections.
Taking into account the fact that the whole staff of the NAPC selection panel has already been registered by a correspondent Government’s decision, we require the Cabinet of Ministers to do the following to fulfill the Prime Minister’s words on practice:
Urgent and diligent implementation of these steps will allow the Prime Minister of Ukraine personal controlling the anti-corruption reform and will make him sure that the National Agency will start its work properly.
At the same time the Reanimation Package of Reforms is ready to provide its comprehensive support to the Government both in what regards evaluation criteria development and broad coverage of the new elections of the NGO-selected members of the panel for the best professional anti-corruption organizations representation.