Today, on November 21, at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, People's deputies voted in favor of draft law No. 10203-1 on increasing the staff of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in the first reading. This draft law is one of the EU's requirements for starting accession negotiations with Ukraine.
The legislative initiative was supported by 323 MPs.
Thus, the draft law (No. 10203-1), which provides for an increase in the number of NABU staff, was adopted as a basis today.
As MP Oleksiy Honcharenko added in his Telegram, the goal is to increase the number of NABU detectives to three hundred in three years. UAH 1.7 billion is allocated for this purpose.
"What we are talking about: 300 detectives in 3 years, 100 detectives plus annually, starting in 2024. UAH 1.7 billion in 3 years," the politician said.
In addition, the parliament adopted in the first reading a draft law that allows the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) to check the property acquired in public service (No. 10262).
The draft law received 287 votes in favor during the voting in the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada.
MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak noted that the European Commission in its report on the assessment of Ukraine's European integration efforts drew attention to the need to lift restrictions on the NAPC's powers to continue verification of assets that have already passed the verification process and "to verify property acquired by declarants before their appointment to a public service position, without prejudice to the rules applicable to national security during martial law."
"This is one of the important conditions for further European integration," the parliamentarian added.