EU to issue about EUR50m to fight corruption in Ukraine

The EU considers issuing some EUR 50mn to Ukraine for an anti-corruption initiative, visiting EU commissioner Johannes Hahn told a press conference in Kiev today. He said the Ukrainian market was attractive for investors, but corruption was the main problem, and it can be the decisive factor in decision making. Johannes said he knew that many anti-corruption investigations were launched, and he wondered how many of them reached the court stage.

We recall that, visiting Ukraine last November, Hahn said tackling corruption and judicial reform would determine whether Ukraine can make a breakthrough. Ukraine earlier this year established new bodies to fight top-level corruption, and the prosecutor-general was replaced. A deputy health minister and the chief sanitary doctor were detained recently on suspicion of corruption, and parliament stripped a senior MP of immunity for the same reason. Apparently, this failed to impress Hahn.

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