- Repeal the amendments extending the scope of asset declaration obligations to civil society declarants and ensure that civil society can play its role without undue obstacles and interference
VISA LIBERALISATION ACTION PLAN The EU has conducted ‘Visa Liberalisation Dialogue’ with Ukraine since 29 October 2008. The dialogue was built upon Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP), which was presented to Ukraine on 22 November 2010. The VLAP included four blocks of benchmarks related to document security, including biometrics; border management, migration and asylum; public order and security; and external relations and fundamental rights. Since 2014, the block of public order and security set up a number of well-defined anti-corruption conditionalities, crucial for the fulfilment of the VLAP.
The benchmarks concerned both the policy and institutional framework (legislation and planning) and the effective and sustainable implementation of this framework. The implementation of the VLAP has been closely monitored by the Commission through regular progress reports, transmitted to the European Parliament and the Council, and which are publicly accessible.
Many VLAP anti-corruption conditionalities are similar to those reflected in the IMF conditionalities.
After granting visa free regime the European Commission will conduct monitoring of continuous fulfilment of Ukraine’s conditionalities on the fight against corruption. Such a monitoring should prevent roll backs of the reform.
- Restore as a matter of urgency the credibility of the NAPC and establish an effective verification system of asset declarations, including through the automatic verification software with direct and automatic access to state databases and registers;
- Ensure the independence, effectiveness and sustainability of the anti-corruption institutional framework, in particular by setting up an independent and specialised high anti-corruption court in accordance with the Venice Commission opinion and Ukrainian legislation. In parallel, the independence and capacity of NABU and SAP must be ensured and reinforced, reversing current trends undermining their work.