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Ukraine: EUAM calls for radical improvement in criminal investigations

June 16, 2017

Around 180 senior law enforcement officials, parliamentarians, experts and civil society activists met in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on 15 June. The meeting aimed to draw up concrete steps to boost the effectiveness of criminal investigations in Ukraine and improve coordination within and between the country’s law enforcement agencies.

The discussions were held in the framework of the Fourth meeting of the Parliament  ̶ Civil Society Platform — a joint initiative of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) and OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine (OSCE PCU).  

“The aim of the reforms currently taking place is to effectively solve and prevent crimes,” said the Head of EUAM Ukraine, Kęstutis Lančinskas. “EUAM calls for a radically more effective and better coordinated system of criminal investigations, as well as a merger of operatives and investigators, within the current legal framework,” he added.

According to analyses carried out by the EUAM with other international organisations since 2015, the criminal investigation system in Ukraine lacks effectiveness when compared to other European countries, due to outdated, post-Soviet criminal investigation structures and a complicated Criminal Procedure Code.

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