Yesterday, a delegation from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) of Ukraine visited Eurojust.
The delegation was headed by Mr Artem Sytnyk, Director of NABU, and Mr Nazar Kholodnytskyi, Head of SAPO, together with representatives of the legal, analytical and investigative department of NABU and corruption crime prosecutors from SAPO.
The delegation met with Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, and several National Members of Eurojust.
After a welcome speech and general presentation on Eurojust by Ms Coninsx, Mr Josip Čule, National Member for Croatia and member of the External Relations Team, chaired a discussion on Eurojust’s relations and cooperation with Ukraine. The visit concluded with a presentation by the FEC Team, represented by its Chair, Mr Leif Görts, Mr Olivier Lenert, National Member for Luxembourg, Mr Frank Cassidy, National Member for Ireland, and Ms Gunilla Arph-Malmberg, Assistant to the National Member for Sweden.
Messrs Sytnik and Kholodnytskyi had previously expressed their interest in establishing closer cooperation with Eurojust and used this visit to reaffirm this intention. Eurojust and Ukraine signed a Cooperation Agreement in June 2016.
NABU, a key instrument in the fight against corruption, is an independent state law enforcement agency, founded in 2015. Eurojust is considered an important partner for NABU, as a significant portion of the proceeds of criminal enterprises within Ukraine are channelled into the Member States. NABU is tasked with the investigation of high-level corruption offences of senior government officials that threaten national security. SAPO contributes to their work by prosecuting cases investigated by NABU.