Ukrainian cabinet taps new anti-graft agency head

6 March, 03:03 PM
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Ukraine’s government has appointed Semen Kryvonos as new head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced on March 6.

“Kryvonos, Semen Yuriyovych, has been appointed to the position of NABU director,” Shmyhal said during a government meeting.

“We wish you success in your work.”

According to the prime minister, with the appointment of NABU head, Ukraine has fulfilled all seven recommendations of the European Union following the acquisition of the candidate status.

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“This demonstrates our determination in the issue of European integration and our aspirations to start negotiations on accession (to the European Union) already this year,” Shmyhal said.

The prime minister added that Ukraine had gained a fully formed working and independent anti-corruption infrastructure.

“This demonstrates our team’s commitment to the principle of zero tolerance for corruption and support for anti-corruption institutions,” he said.

Shmyhal also emphasized that the appointment of Kryvonos had been preceded by a transparent selection competition.

Two other candidates for the post of NABU director, Serhiy Hupiak and Roman Osypchuk, are recommended for management positions in the agency.

NABU has been working without a permanent head since April 2022 after the Cabinet of Ministers voted to dismiss former NABU Director Artem Sytnyk. Gizo Uglava, Sytnyk’s deputy head, was appointed as the acting head of the agency.

Ukraine promised the International Monetary Fund and the European Union that it would appoint a new NABU head by April 2023.

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