The Law on Anti-Сorruption Court is a critically important requirement for the completion of the fourth revision of Ukraine’s program of cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, the official representative of the IMF, Gerry Rice said during a traditional briefing in Washington on Thursday, May 17, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"More progress needs to be made on a number of fronts before we can conclude that fourth review; and issues include the energy sector and fiscal policy; an approval of the appropriate law setting up a strong and independent anti-corruption court. The latter is crucial," he said.
Rice stressed that the final version of the law should fully comply with Ukraine’s obligations to the cooperation program, as well as the recommendations of the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe.
The representative of the IMF also recalled the need to bring domestic gas tariffs to market levels. He added that it is important to provide protection from such an increase for the low-income and vulnerable segments of the population.
According to Rice, the date if the arrival of the IMF mission in Kyiv has not been set yet.
Last Monday, at the conciliation board, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy instructed the profile committee to prepare a bill on an Anti-Corruption court for consideration next week.
The first deputy head of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Serhiy Berezenko said that the only issues not coordinated with the West in the draft law is the powers of the Public Council of International Experts.