EU Council removes Ukraine from blacklist of states that prevent combating corruption

24 March, 04:45 PM
Ukraine fulfilled half of the GRECO recommendations, despite the war (Photo:Daria Volkova/Unsplash)

Ukraine fulfilled half of the GRECO recommendations, despite the war (Photo:Daria Volkova/Unsplash)

The European Council’s Group of States against Corruption or GRECO has removed Ukraine from the blacklist of states that prevent combating corruption due to structural changes.

In its report on Ukraine regarding corruption prevention with respect to members of parliament, judges and prosecutors, which was released on March 24, GRECO said that Ukraine had made some improvements and implemented 15 out of 31 recommendations provided in 2017.

In view of the foregoing, GRECO concludes that Ukraine has implemented satisfactorily or dealt with in a satisfactory manner 15 out of 31 recommendations contained in the Fourth Round Evaluation Report. Of the remaining recommendations, nine have been partly implemented and seven have not been implemented.

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“GRECO wishes to recognise the strong commitment shown by Ukraine in respect of GRECO’s work at an extremely difficult time for this member state, following the war of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” the report says.

“Wartime has led to the necessity of adopting martial law, a state of emergency and the adjustment of priorities. In such a context, it is remarkable that Ukraine has nevertheless continued its work to implement GRECO’s recommendations.”

In light of the foregoing, GRECO said it welcomes the progress reported by Ukraine and is pleased to conclude that the current level of compliance with the recommendations is no longer “globally unsatisfactory.”

GRECO also requests the head of the Ukrainian delegation to provide a report regarding the action taken to implement the outstanding recommendations by March 31, 2024.

In January 2023, the UK’s leading independent anti-corruption organization, Transparency International (TI), said that Ukraine had improved its score in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2022, gaining 33 points out of 100.

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