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EU Advisory Mission: More cooperation needed to improve capacity of Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine

June 11, 2018

Representatives of the Ukrainian police, prosecutors, judiciary and free legal aid system met last week to identify legislative problems that hamper the improvement of the country’s Public Prosecutor’s Office’s institutional capacity and efficiency, as well as the legal security of criminal procedural legislation. The event was organised by the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in the Ukrainian city of Poltava.

The discussion aimed to facilitate communication, coordination and trust between key actors of criminal proceedings, to find proper solutions based on mutual understanding of the practical implementation of current Criminal Procedure Code provisions.

“First, there is a need for greater cooperation between the police, prosecution and judiciary in pre-trial criminal investigation,” said Gediminas Buciunas, EUAM Senior Adviser on prosecution. “Second, there is a need to reduce bureaucracy for criminal investigators and prosecutors so they can get on with the job the public expects them to do. And, third – witnesses need to be protected. We hope that the best EU practices can be helpful for developing Ukrainian solutions for these issues.”

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