The President has appointed Artem Sytnyk Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. The Head of State introduced the new Director to the public and emphasized that his task would be to build a new institution that would demonstrate Ukraine’s determination in the struggle against corruption.
According to the President, the trust of people is the most important aspect in the activity of the newly appointed Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau. “All efforts will be vain without such trust,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
According to the Head of State, 9 members of the Contest Commission have considered over 170 candidates and submitted 2 contenders for the approval by the President – Mykola Siryi and Artem Sytnyk. The President has emphasized that the members of the Commission had made their decision independently and impartially. “Why is it important? Because 9 people share the responsibility for the candidates they suggest to the President,” he said. According to the President, the appointment of the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s Director is a common responsibility of the Parliament, Government and President.
“I have made a decision promptly and signed a Decree on appointing Sytnyk Artem Serhiyovych to the post of Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau,” Petro Poroshenko informed.
According to the Head of State, despite pretty young age - 35 years, - Artem Sytnyk has ten years of experience in the investigation of corruption cases. “Moreover, the investigation was not usual for Ukraine, because the cases were brought to the court and the culprits were imprisoned. I think, it should be the main criterion for the evaluation of the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s efficiency,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
According to the President, in 2011, Artem Sytnyk decided to resign from the prosecutor’s office in order to demonstrate his disapproval of principles that then prevailed in law enforcement and supervisory bodies. The Head of State wished Artem Sytnyk to preserve firmness of character.
The President has stressed that the evidence of the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s efficiency should be the progress of Ukraine in CPI by Transparency International. Under the surveys, the most corrupt institutions are traffic police, Ministry of the Interior, tax service, State Agency of Land Resources of Ukraine, fire safety institutions and sanitary and epidemiological institutions. “First of all, the attention should be paid to these structures,” the President emphasized.
Petro Poroshenko also suggested involving foreign experts to the work of the Bureau. “I hope that there will be vacant positions not only for national experts, but also for experienced foreigners. Thus, it will help us achieve greater trust and support of global community. It is very important for us,” he said.
The President has particularly addressed businessmen and all Ukrainians with a request not to remain silent about concrete facts of abuse of power. “It will be extremely difficult for us to struggle against corruption if the principle of silence remains. Specific facts of corruption should be told not only to sociologists, but also to law enforcers,” the President emphasized.
Artem Sytnyk told journalists that he had heard about the appointment “five minutes ago”. He assured that he understood the scale of responsibility. “First: this law enforcement body is being created from scratch. Second: struggle against corruption begins not from scratch, but even from the lower level. At the same time, this body will investigate the issues related to senior officials,” he noted. Artem Sytnyk added that “the public is not going to wait for the results of the Bureau’s work for years”.
According to the Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, applicants who have lost the contest can still be involved in the work of this institution.