As reported by Censor.NET citing the statement by the presidential press office, Poroshenko and Lagarde coordinated approaches to the establishment of the anti-corruption court in Ukraine, taking into account the relevant initiative of the president, as well as ensuring the effective functioning of anti-corruption institutions.
Ukraine's president and IMF managing director called on the political forces in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to demonstrate ultimate responsibility and unite in support of the draft law on the anti-corruption court so that it be considered as soon as possible, already this year.
Lagarde assured that the IMF supports the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities in the fight against corruption, building upon the achievements made in setting up new institutions so far.
Poroshenko informed Lagarde of the progress in reforms in Ukraine.
After the conversation with the Ukrainian president, Lagarde issued the following statement:
“I had a constructive and open discussion with President Poroshenko on Ukraine’s efforts to fight corruption, which is expected by the Ukrainian society and is critical to improve transparency and accountability and create the conditions for sustainable growth.
“I emphasized that investigating and promptly adjudicating incidences of corruption is critical to advance these objectives and maintain public trust. In this regard, we agreed on the need to maintain the independence and enhance the operational capacity of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.
“We also agreed that the prompt establishment of the anti-corruption court is an essential complement of these efforts. In this regard, I supported the President’s agenda for the submission of a draft law to Parliament in the coming days consistent with the Venice Commission’s recommendations and past agreements under the IMF-supported program. It will be important that all members of Parliament unite behind the bill and approve it as a matter of priority.
“I assured the President that the IMF stands ready to continue to support Ukraine, along with other international partners, in the fight against corruption and encouraged the authorities to accelerate the implementation of reforms that are necessary to further improve the prospects of Ukraine’s economy and its people.”