Poroshenko submits package of laws required to implement EU visa-free regime

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has submitted a package of three laws to the Verkhovna Rada which are aimed at helping Ukraine comply with the requirements for the introduction of a visa-free regime with the European Union (EU).  This was reported by the presidential press service.

According to the report, one of these laws was named "On amendments to the law 'On Prosecutor's Office' concerning ensuring transparency in the organization of work of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office with the goal of implementing the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund".  This law should improve the management of the staff selection procedure for the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, and increase the guarantee of its independence and impartiality.

The second drafted law was named "On amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine on implementation of the recommendations contained in the sixth report of the European Commission concerning the implementation by Ukraine of the Action Plan to liberalize the EU visa regime for Ukraine regarding the improvement of the principles of the National Agency of Ukraine on issues of detection, investigation and asset management received from corruption and other crimes."

The third drafted law was the "On amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine regarding the implementation of the recommendations contained in the sixth report of the European Commission on the implementation by Ukraine of the Action Plan to liberalize the EU visa regime for Ukraine concerning the improvement of procedures of arrest of property and institute of special confiscation".  This law is aimed at improving the procedure for the seizure of property and special confiscation, as well as aligning them with the best European standards and practices.

It was previously reported that President Poroshenko expected that the Verkhovna Rada will adopt the visa-free regime laws next week.

  Ukraine, IMF, Corruption

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