The Ambassadors give advice on Constitutional Court reform in Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN
The ambassadors of the G7 countries (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan) in Ukraine have provided advice to the Ukrainian authorities on how to reform the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) and conduct judicial reform in general.
This was reported by the UK Presidency of the G7 Ambassadors' Support Group in Kyiv on Twitter on January 25.
"Late last year, our Ukrainian partners asked for G7 Ambassadors' advice on steps to strengthen anti-corruption institutions and reform the judiciary, responding to the problems caused by the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in late October and previously," it said.
"We were happy to provide this advice to Ukrainian partners, & are now sharing it more widely. G7 members have long supported Ukrainian reforms in these sectors, practically, financially & politically, and remain committed to further supporting Ukraine to deliver them," it said.
According to the G7 ambassadors, they provided a set of priority actions should restore public confidence in the Ukrainian judiciary and anti-corruption infrastructure and trust in them, as well as significantly contribute to the advancement of Ukraine on the path to achieving a prosperous, secure democracy.
They recommend that certain urgent actions should be taken to immediately repair the damage caused by the CCU and ensure this crisis is not repeated in the near future.
"In particular, we believe urgent action is necessary to 1) reestablish with a firm legal basis the anti-corruption provisions recently declared unconstitutional; 2) prevent the CCU from causing further harm even while it is being reformed into a truly independent and accountable institution; and 3) ensure all nominations to key judicial and law enforcement bodies are transparent, merit-based, and credible," the Ambassadors said in the Judicial Reform Roadmap.
According to the roadmap, while it is necessary to act quickly to repair the damage inflicted by the CCU upon Ukraine's anti-corruption institutions, it is equally critical to ensure that these institutions emerge from this crisis with the ability to carry out their missions effectively. "In this regard, the provisions aimed at restoring liability for false or unfiled asset declarations adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on December 4 do not have a sufficiently deterrent effect and thus would not be an effective tool in preventing corruption," it said.