The decision of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court of 27 October 2020 on elements of the anti-corruption legislation has far-reaching consequences for the whole anti-corruption infrastructure in Ukraine established after the 2014 Revolution of Dignity. The decision also calls into question a number of international commitments that Ukraine assumed in relation to its international partners, including the EU.
The fight against corruption is one of the key benchmarks and commitments that Ukraine has taken in the framework of the Association Agreement, the recently agreed Macro-Financial Assistance programme between the EU and Ukraine and the Visa liberalisation process.
At the same time, we note the complexity of the situation and appreciate the urgency with which the President and Government want to address it. We urge the Ukrainian authorities to rapidly restore the legislation on e-declaration of assets and corresponding tasks of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption, as well as to stabilise the legal status of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine before the 16 December deadline set by the Constitutional Court. A robust judicial reform is still needed for the benefit of all Ukrainians. We encourage the President, the Government and the Verkhovna Rada to work together towards a comprehensive and sustainable solution. The EU stands ready to support our Ukrainian partners in this endeavour.