Weekly analytics of the CPLR for 15 – 21 September 2020

Government approved a draft Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2020-2024.

On September 16, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the draft Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2020-2024, developed by the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (hereinafter – NAPC), subject to its further finalisation. During the discussion, changes were made to the section on anti-corruption measures in the field of justice as regards the independent commission, which was initially proposed to be empowered to pre-select new members of the High Council of Justice (hereinafter – HCJ) and the High Qualifications Commission of Judges (hereinafter – HQCJ), and after the respective amendments – only to assess their integrity. Additionally, the loss of office by current members of the HCJ who do not meet the requirements of integrity, as an expected result, was replaced by the consideration of the issue on the dismissal of such members.

On September 17, the HCJ approved its position on the draft Anti-Corruption Strategy (largely in relation to the judiciary section), calling it “contrary to the current constitutional regulation of public relations.” According to the HCJ, by proposing judicial changes, the NAPC goes beyond its competence.

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