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Ukraine: senior police officers undergo corruption prevention programme by EU Advisory Mission

06/02/2020 - 15:26
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Over 200 senior police officers in six regions of Ukraine are expected to undergo the ‘Corruption Prevention Restrictions and Financial Control’ programme by the end of March 2020. This is a joint initiative of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) and the Corruption Prevention and Lustration Department of the National Police of Ukraine that aims to bring police officers up to speed with anti-corruption legislation.

It will be delivered in Odesa, Kharkiv, Nikopol, Zhytomyr and Mariupol, and started with a seminar on anti-corruption measures for police in Lviv region this week. A seminar in Lviv was attended by the 46 heads of departments and other police units in Lviv region.

The event provided the police with a legislation update on conflict of interest and other corruption prevention responsibilities such as the financial control requirements, the disclosure of information and the acceptance of gifts.

The afore-mentioned topics are of particular interest due to obligations for police officers in terms of e-declaration, and amendments to the Law on Corruption Prevention introduced last year.

Lviv is the first city to host this seminar. Our goal is to provide police managers with the latest developments on anti-corruption legislation, so they can pass them on to their subordinates,” said Oleg Lozovy, Head of the Lustration Division of the Anti-Corruption and Lustration Division of the National Police of Ukraine.

The participants of the seminar in Lviv are expected to organise similar events for their colleagues, in order to raise awareness of anti-corruption issues and strengthen corruption-prevention mechanisms.

Background: The European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine is one of the currently 11 civilian CSDP Missions. It is a non-executive mission of the European Union that formally began operations from its headquarters in Kyiv on 1 December 2014, following the Maidan revolution of 2013/14 and an invitation issued by the Ukrainian government.

EUAM Ukraine aims to assist the Ukrainian authorities towards a sustainable reform of the civilian security sector through strategic advice and practical support for specific reform measures based on EU standards and international principles of good governance and human rights.

The goal is to achieve a civilian security sector that is efficient, accountable, and enjoys the trust of the public.

The civilian security sector is comprised of agencies responsible for law enforcement and rule of law, such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police, Security Service of Ukraine, State Border Guard Service, General Prosecutor’s Office, local courts, anti-corruption bodies with roles also played by civil society and the parliament of Ukraine.