“National Anti-Corruption Committee” to lose its only NGO representative
The Head of TORO, the contact group for Transparency International in Ukraine, Oleksy Khmara has warned that he is suspending his engagement in both the National Anti-Corruption Committee and the Coordination Council on the Development of Civic Society, two bodies under the President. He was the only member of an NGO on the National Anti-Corruption Committee.
Mr Khmara says that his decision is prompted by the systematic failure by those in power, including the President, to implement the recommendations of these consultative bodies.
He says that he has not taken the final decision to leave both bodies, but says:
“If the President signs the language law, demonstrating in that fashion that he couldn’t care less about constitutional procedures, or approves the corrupt changes in the law on state tenders, passed last week, I will announce my total withdrawal from the National Anti-Corruption Committee and the Coordination Council on the Development of Civic Society at the next meetings of those bodies.”
The National Anti-Corruption Committee is necessary for the government’s Action Plan on Visa Liberalization with the EU. Oleksy Khmara is convinced that this is mere imitation of action. “The Committee is not in real terms working. The last time it met was in September 2011 when the meetings are supposed to be monthly” He says that those in power only need it to wave it around at all international levels.