The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published a report on Ukraine assessing progress made in implementing the recommendations issued to the country in the Fourth Round Evaluation Report (2017) on preventing corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors.
GRECO concludes that Ukraine has made some improvements by having implemented satisfactorily or dealt with in a satisfactorily manner 15 out of the 31 recommendations contained in the Fourth Round Evaluation Report. Of the remaining recommendations, nine have been partly implemented and seven have not been implemented.
“GRECO wishes to recognise the strong commitment shown by Ukraine in respect of GRECO’s work at an extremely difficult time for this member State, following the war of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” the report says. “Wartime has led to the necessity of adopting martial law, a state of emergency and the adjustment of priorities. In such a context, it is remarkable that Ukraine has nevertheless continued its work to implement GRECO’s recommendations. Even if work still lies ahead, as indicated in this report, Ukraine’s timely submission of information to GRECO, as well as the progress reported, is to be commended”.
GRECO concludes that the current level of compliance with the recommendations is no longer “globally unsatisfactory”, as was the case after the previous compliance report published in April 2022.