July 12, 2020
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Today's issue:
- ECHR denied NABU to waive immunity from ex-MP Logvynskyi;
- EU report on the fulfilment of conditions of visa liberalization; 
- Risks of draft law on private litigation funds in asset recovery process;

- recommended reading
ECHR denied NABU to waive immunity from ex-MP Logvynskyi

On July 6, ECHR dismissed NABU's request to waive the immunity of former MP Georgiy Logvynskyi as a spouse of the court’s judge. The Court believes that Ukrainian law enforcement authority should have requested immunity waiver on the earlier stage of the investigation. The request considered so-called "Zoloty Mandaryn" case, which allegedly involved frauding ECHR decision and consequent embezzlement of UAH 54 mln. NABU continues the pre-trial investigation of the other 6 participants of the corruption scheme.

EU report on the fulfilment of conditions of visa liberalization

The European Commission has released a report on the fulfilment of conditions needed for visa liberalization between the EU and Ukraine. The report emphasizes that in Ukraine it is important to safeguard and further strengthen the independence of anti-corruption institutions, including by guaranteeing non-political and merit-based appointment procedures for leadership positions. EU support will continue to be linked to concrete progress in the reform agenda and in particular in the fields of anti-corruption and justice.

Risks of draft law on private litigation funds in asset recovery process

The Parliament is considering draft law No. 3304, which allows to involve so-called private litigation funds in asset recovery cases abroad. The draft law is actively pushed by MP Halyna Yanchenko from Servant of the People. There is a high risk that oligarchs will use those private litigation funds to influence cases against them. Recently, the Director of the International Center for Asset Recovery made a negative assessment of this initiative.

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