The first project on law-enforcement and anti-corruption reform in Ukraine, the “Reform of the Law-Enforcement System of Ukraine and Strengthening Specialised Services for Combating Corruption”, was implemented jointly by the OECD/ACN and ABA CEELI in 2005-2006. The project was funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
The main outputs included a study of the European and international models of anti-corruption agencies entitled “Specialised Anti-Corruption Institutions: Review of Models” , as well as studies of the Ukrainian and European law-enforcement systems. The project provided a useful overview of international best practices, and equipped the Ukrainian counterparts with valuable reference material.
In November 2007, the project evolved into the next stage now named “Strengthening the Capacity for Investigation and Prosecution of Corruption in Ukraine” . This new phase of the project is also funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. It focuses on supporting the creation of specialised services for combating corruption in Ukraine, in particular on assisting Ukrainian authorities in the establishment of a specialised anti-corruption institution with law-enforcement powers and developing specialisation within the prosecution service.
The main goal of the project is to strengthen institutional capacity to effectively detect, investigate and prosecute corruption in Ukraine. Primarily, project activities support national efforts aimed at defining and then establishing a new body or departments, within or separate from existing law enforcement bodies, which will be responsible for investigation or prosecution of corruption. The approach is guided by European and international standards on the specialisation in the fight against corruption with law-enforcement measures. Among the main Ukrainian counterparts of the projects are: the Secretariat of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (ACN National Co-ordinator), the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine, and the Parliamentary Committee on Combating Corruption.
For more information and a brief description of the project, please see "Strengthening the Capacity for Investigation and Prosecution of Corruption in Ukraine - Project Description" [English / Ukrainian].
1. Commentary on the draft legal acts and formulating anti-corruption policy
The project has supported the preparation of the Draft Law on the National Bureau of Anti-corruption Investigations of Ukraine (NBAI). The Draft Law was originally submitted to the Ukrainian parliament on 29 July 2009 by a group of parliamentarians. A new version of the Draft Law was submitted on 2 March 2010 by the same MPs and took into account comments and recommendations by an international expert and various Ukrainian institutions. On 28 April 2010 the Parliament's Anti-Corruption Committee recommended the adoption of the Draft Law in the first reading.
Below are the updated texts of the Draft Law and supplementary materials:
The project has also retained the services of an international expert to review the Draft Law on the NBAI.
Previously, the project provided expert comments on the drafts of several legal acts as prepared by the Ukrainian authorities:
The Project secretariat, together with the Ministry of Justice and the Council of Europe UPAC project, participated in the organisation of the round-table discussion on the Optimal Model of the System of Bodies to Prevent and Combat Corruption in Ukraine that was held in April 2008.
The Project secretariat, jointly with the Prosecutor's General Office of Ukraine and the National Academy of Prosecutors of Ukraine, held an international expert seminar "Anti-corruption Specialisation of Prosecutors: European Experience and Prospects in Ukraine", in Kyiv on 8 October 2008.
2. Training Seminars for Prosecutors on the Effective detection, investigation and prosecution of corruption: