International Anti-Corruption Body Commends Ukraine for Fighting Corruption

By Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, April 13, 2011 - Ukraine in 2010 has made significant progress in building an
effective national anti-corruption mechanism, conclude the experts of the
International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA).

IAACA is a non-governmental organization established as a
result of the special meeting at the UN Office in Vienna in 2006 with an
objective to promote effective implementation of the UN Convention against
Corruption. Ukraine ratified the Convention in October 2006.

Ye Feng, Secretary General of the IAACA, in his letter to
President Yanukovych, said that active participation of the Ukrainian law
enforcement bodies, the Association of Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the
Ukrainian Association of Prosecutors have achieved remarkable successes in
fighting corruption. It is indicative that their efforts have been really
concentrated on fighting corruption in state power of the highest level and
it is the first time since the declaration of independence, when high-ranking
public officials have become subject to anti-corruption checks and
investigations, stated the letter.

The IAACA welcomed the openness and transparency of the
Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies while carrying out the abovementioned
investigations, as well as the participation of specialists from
world-renowned audit and judicial companies in conducting the financial

We fully support the "All are equal before the law" slogan
declared by President Viktor Yanukovych, and believe it is fair, IAACA
Secretary General, Ye Feng said.

Back in 2009, Ukraine ranked 146th among 180 countries in
Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI). In 2010 it
already occupied 134th position among 178 countries-participants of
Transparency International's CPI. Some of the major concerns of Transparency
International last year have been the absence of law on accessing information
and the issue of corruption.

Earlier in 2011, Ukraine has adopted the Law on Access to
Public Information which expanded the rights of citizens to obtain
information from public bodies, and increased the protection of journalists
who performed their duties.

In April this year,Ukraine adopted the new law On Principles of
Prevention and Combating Corruption in Ukraine, stipulating that government
officials and their close relatives now are obliged to declare their income
and, what is more important, any expenses that exceed their income and
publish such financial declarations in the official press.

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