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Created: 2017.08.28 / Updated: 2017.08.28 18:42

Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to tackle corruption

On 28 August in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the following heads of Ukraine’s anti-corruption institutions: the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk and the Deputy Director Gizo Uglava, the head of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine Nazar Kholodnitsky and the head of European Union’s Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine Eka Tkeshelashvili.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister emphasized that Ukraine’s anti-corruption reform was essential to the creation of a prosperous European state and should be continued: “We welcome the effort of Ukraine’s special institutions to fight corruption and we hope that they will further be able to act independently and efficiently. It is equally important that their cases under investigation can reach the court and that concrete results can be obtained and give rise to convictions. It is also necessary to set up a special anti-corruption court in the short-term,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.

Representatives of Ukraine, who attended the meeting, thanked for Lithuania’s expert support for the reform of Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies. Currently, the Lithuanian expert Dovydas Vitkauskas heads the EU project in the field of justice sector reforms in Ukraine, Kęstutis Lančinskas heads the EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine, other Lithuanian experts consult Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies on a regular basis, various institutions of both countries actively cooperate in this field. Linkevičius assured his interlocutors that Lithuania’s expert support to Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies would continue.

The representatives from Ukraine’s anti-corruption agencies are taking part in a traineeship to take over Lithuania’s experience in investigating cases of unjust enrichment. During the visit, they will meet representatives from the Constitutional Court of Lithuania, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Special Investigation Service of Lithuania, the Financial Crime Investigation Service and other institutions.