The Legal Committee of the parliament has just provided explanations about the amendments introduced into the draft law on the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court. According to MP Olena Sotnyk, the submitted text completely offsets the institution of the international council of experts.
“The only possibility they can use is to initiate an examination in relation to some candidates. And if 3 out of 6 members of the council of international experts vote against, and then the Higher Qualification Commission also votes against the candidature, only then it will be vetoed,” says the MP.
In addition, according to the amendment allegedly coordinated with the IMF and the Venice Commission, Ukrainians can also become members of the international council of experts.
Consequently, the faction of Samopomich requires an official confirmation from the IMF and the Venice Commission regarding not just the principles that have been allegedly agreed upon tonight, but of the very text of the draft law, which will be put to vote today in the parliament.
“We cannot rely on the President’s statements solely and we want to know for sure that this document, which we will consider and vote for, really meets the requirements of our partners,” says MP Viktoriia Voitsitska.
Meanwhile, MP Roman Semenukha reminds that the adoption of the law on the Anti-Corruption Court without ensuring its independence will entail not only political consequences.
“This year, Ukraine has to pay back more than 300 billion hryvnias of its loans. Moreover, about 100 billion hryvnias are to be paid back as soon as in the next 3-4 months. Unless we adopt the law on a real Anti-Corruption Court today, we will lose the support of not only IMF, but also of the majority of capital markets, and even that small, fragile GDP growth of 2-3% will be gone,” emphasizes Roman Semenukha.