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19.09.2013

Anti-corruption units for the record

   

The Cabinet of Ministers has adopted Standard Provisions for anti-corruption units to be formed in all executive bodies answering to the heads of those bodies. The units are supposed to work on preventing corruption, overseeing financial reporting etc.  Where discrepancies were found, members of the units would have the right to ask for written explanation.  If they uncover infringements, these would be reported to management and the police.  The point of the exercise seems dubious since staff of those units would conceivably be reporting to their bosses about their bosses’ corrupt actions. Analysts stress that independent structures are needed.

The Provisions which oblige the heads of central authorities to create anti-corruption units were drawn up by the Justice Ministry.  The same anti-corruption units are to be formed in State-owned and municipal enterprises.  The Cabinet of Ministers also recommends that they should be created within bodies of local self-government.

The units will also have to keep records of employees of executive bodies and enterprises who have already been held to answer over corruption offences.

The Provisions were adopted by all ministries and departments except the Finance Ministry. Officials from that ministry said that in the original version of the document there is no indication of whom these units would answer to and they believed this could lead to interference in their work by the heads of other bodies. In the final version agreed on Wednesday, the units are subordinated to the heads of the specific body, and heads of other bodies are prohibited from “interfering”.

Based on information from Kommersant Ukraine

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