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HOT ANTICORRUPTION NEWS / Issue #165
January 31, 2021
  
Today's issue:
 
- Ukraine makes a step forward to the SBU reform;
- President suggests strengthening responsibility for false declarations;
- High Anti-corruption Court appeals to High Council of Justice to respect its independence;
- Applications for position of a new SAPO head are now open;

- recommended reading
Ukraine makes a step forward to the SBU reform

On January 28, after almost a year of work and despite significant resistance from SBU, the Parliament approved the draft law on SBU reform in the first reading. Although the draft law still requires significant improvements on mechanisms of depriving SBU of investigative functions, demilitarisation, human rights protection, and civil oversight, it is important political step towards comprehensive reform of the Security Service and further integration with NATO.

Also, the same day, the Parliament adopted the law establishing the Bureau of Economic Security. The MPs supported amendments that eliminate improper functions of SBU in the economic sphere as well as abolish anti-corruption and counterintelligence departments on economic protection (which are known for interfering in business). The provision should come into force on the day of the launch of the Bureau of Economic Security, but not later than six months from the adoption of the law.
President suggests strengthening responsibility for false declarations
On January 27, President Zalenskyi enacted the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the draft law enhancing the liability for false declarations. It suggests decreasing the threshold for criminal liability and introduces the imprisonment term as one of the sanctions. The draft law is registered under No. 4651.
High Council of Justice once again hits judges of High Anti-corruption Court
On January 27, the council of HACC judges appealed to the HCJ to "refrain from actions that could undermine the independence of the HACC and damage the authority of justice." The appeal was the HACC's reaction to the number of instances whereas the HCJ illegaly reprimanded judges of the court for their legal positions in court decisions, for instance, the KDAC's case.
Applications for position of a new SAPO head are now open

Starting from January 25, the process of selection of a new SAPO head has started. The potential candidates have 21 days to submit their documents. Then, they will need to pass general skills test, test of knowledge of law, two interviews on integrity and professional competence. The winner will be selected on the basis of points gained. All the process will take approximately 3-4 months. The detailed procedure is explained here.

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