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Comprehensive, consistent implementation of judicial reform remains vital for Ukraine's future success – joint statement of Ukraine-EU Summit
KYIV. Oct 12 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Comprehensive and consistent implementation of judicial reform remains vital for strengthening Ukraine’s resilience and its future success, according to a joint statement issued following the 23rd Ukraine-EU summit on Tuesday.
"We welcomed the adoption of the Amendments to the Laws of Ukraine "On High Council of Justice" and "On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges" crucial for the resumption of the work of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine. We highlighted the need for the swift implementation of these reforms, and for the reform of the Constitutional Court," the participants in the summit said in the joint statement.
The parties underlined the need for Ukraine to step up efforts to ensure the independent and effective operation of the anti-corruption and law enforcement institutions, including by a depoliticised and merit-based selection process for leadership positions.
In addition, the EU welcomed Ukraine’s efforts to close the space for corrupt practices and its commitment to fight the influence of vested interests ("de-oligarchisation") including through the legally sound enactment and implementation of the relevant legislation and encouraged further steps by Ukraine in this regard.
"The EU confirmed its continuous commitment to support Ukraine’s efforts targeted at large-scale reforms, especially of the judiciary and the fight against corruption. Ukraine reiterated its commitment to ratify the Rome Statute as stated in the Association Agreement," the participants in the summit said in the joint statement.