We, the undersigned, express deep concern regarding the Euroepan Union waiving its request to Ukraine for a separate anti-corruption court establishment, which was announced by the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in Kyiv.
At the press conference on July 13, in the follow-up of the Ukraine-EU Summit, Mr. Juncker said: “Till now the EU was requesting from Ukraine to create a special court in charge of corruption affairs. Now we agreed this morning that if Ukraine would introduce in its judicial system a chamber dedicated to dealing with this that would be sufficient.”
We are concerned that this position might be ambiguously interpreted by the Ukrainian and international partners who have been ardently supporting the establishment of a separate anti-corruption court and the autonomous anti-corruption chamber at the new Supreme Court. To prevent different interpretations and potential manipulations with the statement of the European Commission President, it is necessary to publicly clarify his stand.
It is especially important given the fact that the stand voiced by Mr. Juncker contradicts previous EU requirements concerning the establishment of a separate anti-corruption court in Ukraine.