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IMF denies giving Ukraine slack on anticorruption court

The bill should be brought in line with the IMF and Venice Commission recommendations.

IMF denies giving Ukraine slack on anticorruption court
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has refuted the reports that earlier appeared in Ukrainian media and online blogs on softening its stance toward the issue of setting up a High Anticorruption Court in Ukraine, UNIAN has reported.

“There’s no truth to the contentions in terms of these softening positions and rumors circulating about layoffs. There is absolutely no credibility to any of those rumours,” William Murray, the IMF’s deputy spokesman, told a briefing in Washington on Thursday, answering an UNIAN question.

According to Murray, the establishment of the High Anticorruption Court in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission is an integral part of the cooperation programme. "As for the law on the anticorruption court, we look forward to working together with the authorities and international partners to address concerns regarding the current draft law on the anticorruption court and bring it fully in line with Ukraine’s commitments under the IMF programme and the recommendations of the Venice Commission. As we have noted previously, the establishment of the anticorruption court consistent with the Venice Commission’s recommendations is an essential component of the IMF-supported programme with Ukraine.

On 22 Decembe 2017, Petro Poroshenko submitted to parliament a draft law on the High Anticorruption Court (HACC). The head of state also registered in parliaemtn a bill on amendments to the law on the judiciary and the status of judges. Both bills were designated as urgent. 

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