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'The Whole Of The General Prosecutors Office Needs To Be Reformed' -U.K. Ambassador

18.05.2016
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What You Need To Know:

✓ Gough: The whole of the general prosecutors office needs to be reformed its not just about one man and one individual;

✓ Unfortunately, for far too many people, Ukraine is synonymous with the word corruption and I think that is a huge issue for the country;

✓ Corruption is not something that fits with European values as it breeds inequality and insecurity;

✓ If we want to see inward investment in Ukraine, they need to have confidence that the judiciary works, is fair and is equally accessible to everybody. And that there arent special privileges for the special few who happen to be in positions of responsibility.

Ukraines new prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, was appointed after the Ukrainian Parliament approved amendments allowing people without legal experience to serve as the country's top cop. According to Judith Gough, the British ambassador to Ukraine, the whole of the general prosecutors office needs to be reformed its not just about one man and one individual. The ambassador adds that the prosecutors office has become very symbolic of the fight against corruption in Ukraine.

Unfortunately, for far too many people, Ukraine is synonymous with the word corruption and I think that is a huge issue for the country, says Gough. Ukraine ranked 130th out of 168 nations in the 2015 Transparency International Corruption index. Gough adds that corruption is not something that fits with European values as it breeds inequality and insecurity. It prevents inward investment, it strangles development, it strangles prosperity and we want to see a secure, prosperous and safe Ukraine founded on European values.

The U.K recently hosted a Global Anti-Corruption Summit where 41 nations, including Ukraine participated in, along with 6 international organizations. The conference was organized long before the Panama Papers leak, as a forum to tackle corruption on a global basis. In the 21st century, if somebody makes illegal profits somewhere, they quite often launder them or invest them somewhere else. Its a global problem.

Gough says the overcoming the corruption culture in the Ukraine will be a real challenge and that it has to happen from the top down. She sees huge potential in not only the rich resources Ukraine has to offer, but also in the countrys human capital. If we want to see inward investment in Ukraine, they need to have confidence that the judiciary works, is fair and is equally accessible to everybody. And that there arent special privileges for the special few who happen to be in positions of responsibility.

Hromadske's Angelina Kariakina spoke to Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Ukraine in May, 2016 in Kyiv.
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