EU urges Ukraine to step up anti-corruption efforts

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The European Union is urging Ukraine to bolster its anti-corruption efforts.

In a report Friday, the EU noted there have been only a few convictions in high-level corruption cases in the country.

However, it said Ukraine has taken steps to reform its judiciary system.

The EU emphasized that the establishment of a dedicated anti-corruption court is crucial and that Ukraine’s authorities must properly investigate attacks against civil society activists and punish the perpetrators.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, visiting Kiev to deliver the report to Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, said it’s “crucial to maintain the reform momentum and to make these changes irreversible” in the run-up to March’s presidential vote and the parliamentary elections in late 2019.

Hahn stressed “there can’t be roll-back on issues such as anti-corruption efforts.”

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