US acting ambassador points to reforms Ukraine needs to complete in 2022

16 December 2021, 08:50 PM

Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Kristina Kvien commented on Ukraine’s progress in vital reforms while attending the Gala Event: Ukraine and the World Ahead 2022, hosted by NV in Kyiv on Dec. 16.

She stressed the importance of judicial and anti-corruption reforms.

 “Ukraine has made considerable progress on the path of reforms, but there is still much to be done,” Kvien said.

“Judicial reform is the foundation on which all other reforms depend, so it is vital to complete it this year. Existing anti-corruption agencies such as the NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine) and SAP (Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office) need to finally get new and effective leadership, ensuring that their mission of rooting out corruption is carried out.

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“Meanwhile, some state enterprises are rather too successful in cozying up to their ostensibly independent supervisory boards.”

Earlier, in a speech in Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Dec. 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged there was a lack of progress in reforming the justice system, and pledged to get it done.

The line-up of the Ethical Council was announced by the President’s Office on Nov. 9. This body is tasked with approving potential members of the High Council of Justice, which in turn oversees and regulates the judicial branch.

The High Council of Justice laid the groundwork for selection of members of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, which on Sep. 18 was charged with overseeing the professional and ethical standards of Ukrainian judges.

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