Ekaterina Butko in her blog on UP: 2 days ago, on the second attempt, the government committee approved the draft State Anti-Corruption Program (GAP) for 2023-2025. Before that, the document went through several circles of hell, in particular, due to a considerable number of comments from representatives of the judicial mafia, which I wrote previously.
It would seem that only 1 step remains after this – the GAP must be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, and after that, for the first time in history, we will receive a document with clear steps that each of the state bodies must take in the fight against corruption.
The Cabinet of Ministers can do this already on February 4, at its regular meeting.
However, a step away from the approval of the GAP, parliament joined in the sabotage, namely the Chairman of the Committee on Legal Policy, Denis Maslov.
So, it turns out that a few days ago Maslov sent to 11 state bodies, in particular, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the VRP, the Council of Judges, the Ministry of Justice, the State Judicial Administration, the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court, the Central Election Commission and other projects of the State Anti-Corruption Program with a request to provide their comments to the text of the GAP.
The absurdity of this request is as follows: all these bodies have already considered the draft GAP and provided their comments, the NAPC agreed with their representatives, and as a result, in one form or another, each of these bodies supported the GAP.
Such a request a few days before the possible approval of the anticorrosive program in the Cabinet of Ministers can have only one goal: to drag out time. After all, now each of the 11 government agencies must officially respond to the request of the Chairman of the Committee that they have already provided and coordinated their comments.
Our European partners and ambassadors of the G7 spoke directly about the early approval of the State Anti-Corruption Program.
However, for Denis Maslov, such disregard for the requirements of our international partners is not the first time. It was the Committee, chaired by Maslov, that was the profile one when considering the Law on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and recommended that it be approved in a form contrary to the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
We will find out in a few hours, when the Cabinet of Ministers will publish the agenda of tomorrow’s meeting and whether we will find the issue of approving the Anti-Corruption Program there, whether such a decision by Maslov can temporarily block the adoption of the GAP.
However, at a time when international support is critical for the survival of our country, on the day when the long-awaited Ukraine-EU summit is taking place in Kyiv, blocking the issue to which the attention of partners is riveted is obviously not only a losing strategy, but also a direct discredit. European integration efforts of Ukraine. Mr. Maslov, judging by the case with the Constitutional Court, is well versed in this.
I hope that the government headed by Shmyhal, which is now personally responsible for the fate of the document, will not go for these manipulations and will do the work that society expects from it.