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HOT ANTICORRUPTION NEWS / Issue #157
October 23, 2020
  
Today's issue:
 
- The reform of the SBU: neither here nor there;
- President falsely claims that reforms agreed with IMF are fully implemented;
- Concerns over planned automatic verification of declarations;
- MoH Stepanov once again attempts to take control of medical procurements; 

- recommended reading
The reform of the SBU: neither here nor there

On October 16, after seven months of work, the Security Committee approved the draft law on the SBU reform for the repeated first reading. AntAC has analyzed the text considered during the Committee's hearing (it has not been published yet) and contemplates that although that the Parliament has made a number of steps forward, it is still difficult to call these changes a real reform.

The most of the problematic provisions from the spring's versions of this draft Law are still in place, namely risks of political influence over the agency, preserving the function of pre-trial investigation, lack of accountability and parliamentary oversight mechanisms, redundant powers enabling interference into the work of businesses and other state agencies, as well absence of the approach to effective demilitarization of the security service. For more details please see our analysis.
President falsely claims that reforms agreed with IMF are fully implemented

On October 22, during the interview to TV channels, President Zelenskyi falsely claimed that Ukraine fulfilled all requirements for the next tranche. In fact, so far in the field of good governance Ukraine failed to timely adopt the law on the relaunch of High Council of Justice (due by the end of October). There is also serious concern over the issue of independence of the National Bank and the National Anti-corruption Bureau

Concerns over planned automatic verification of declarations

Recently, the National Agency for Corruption Prevention adopted new rules of automated verification  of declarations of public officials. Joint legal analysis conducted by Transparency International Ukraine and AntAC finds that the adopted rules allow to not consider declarations of 2019 and there are major loopholes in the embedded risk-detection mechanism.

MoH Stepanov once again attempts to take control of medical procurements

Bihus.info journalists revealed documents confirming plans of Minister of Health Stepanov to once again take control of medical procurements. The Ministry suggested taking them away from independent SE Medical Procurements of Ukraine. The latter has shown significant savings and transparency in conducting procurements. Even though the MoH has already significantly complicated the process of procurements for the SE, which results in the delay of supply of crucial PPE, medical equipment, and medicines.

Recommended Reading 
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