Today, the Office of the President of Ukraine published the following press release.
On November 27, the United States Agency for International Development and the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Ukraine submitted to the High Council of Justice suggestions regarding international experts to the Commission on Integrity and Ethics. They also informed the Office of the President, which initiated the judicial reform, about the nomination of experts.
Thus, following persons were suggested to the Commission on Integrity and Ethics:
Carlos Castresana (the former chairman of the United Nations International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, the member of the International Anti-Corruption Advisory Board in Ukraine (IACAB));
Giovanni Kessler (former Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office, the member of the International Anti-Corruption Advisory Board in Ukraine);
Robert Cordy (the member of the State Commission on Ethics, the former Chief of the Public Corruption Unit (USA)).
Moreover, the list of experts includes Claudia Escobar (former judge of the Court of Appeal of Guatemala, who received the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for her dedication in fighting against corruption and supporting human rights). She will be chosen in case one of three suggested experts fails to fulfill functions of the member of the Commission for some reason.
All four experts have been previously suggested to the Public Council of International Experts, created according to the Law of Ukraine “On the High Anti-Corruption Court”.
The United States Agency for International Development and the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Ukraine fulfilled the norm of the article 28-1 of the Law of Ukraine “On the High Council of Justice”, according to which international and foreign organizations submit suggestions regarding international experts within twenty days from the moment the law enters into force.
The High Council of Justice should delegate another three members to the Commission on Integrity. We expect that the process of formation of Commission on Integrity and Ethics will be held without any delay and postponement.
We should recall that on October 16, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine” “On Judiciary and Status of Judges” and some Laws of Ukraine “On the Activity of Judicial Governance Bodies”. The document, in particular, foresees the creation of the Commission on Integrity and Ethics, which has power to evaluate members of the High Council of Justice, the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine and judges of the Supreme Court regarding compliance with the criteria of integrity and professional ethics. In case of non-compliance, it has power to initiate their dismissal.