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Ukraine: EU Advisory Mission helps enhance transparency of prosecution service

August 7, 2019

This week, the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine donated audio-visual equipment to the country’s Qualification Disciplinary Commission of Prosecutors (QDCP). The equipment will allow the commission to transmit its proceedings live through a dedicated YouTube channel, thereby facilitating open access to legal information, ensuring transparency and encouraging public scrutiny of its work.

The equipment was donated in the framework of the “Support for Rule of Law Reforms in Ukraine in the Areas of Police and Public Prosecution and Good Governance” (PRAVO-Police), an EU-funded project implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in close coordination with the EUAM.

“A fair, transparent, accountable, and efficient system of disciplining prosecutors for misconduct is essential for building up the public trust in the law-enforcement system in Ukraine, improving the climate for doing business, promoting rule of law, and ensuring human rights protection,” said EUAM Head of Mission Antti Hartikainen. “QDCP is facing challenges in terms of institutional and operational independence. We support efforts undertaken in order to improve the legislative framework for QDCP activity and ensure it can operate as a fully autonomous entity.”

EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission headquartered in Kyiv, with field offices in Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa. It also carries out projects across the country. It was established on 22 July 2014 and began operations on 1 December 2014.

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