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 Ukrainian president calls today's approval of constitutional amendments by Rada historic

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called today’s actions of the Verkhovna Rada on building an independent court system historic. The Parliament approved respective constitutional amendments in the first reading today.

The president commented on this event at the meeting with Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) delegation which is on a working visit to Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president.

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The head of state expressed hope that the final approval of the given draft law would take place in the coming months. "This will allow making several important steps - abolish judicial immunity and create an independent testing system that will renew the judicial corps under the European rules," Petro Poroshenko said.

According to the president, 7,500 judges without exceptions will pass the assessment procedure for the first time in the history of Ukraine. This is an unprecedented decision that will help detect corrupt and non-professional officials.

"This is a significant anti-corruption step in Ukraine. It will be hard to talk about fighting corruption without fair and independent courts," the president said. He called this parliamentary decision a "very important step for the completion of formation of specialized anti-corruption system" along with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecution.

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The head of state underlined the importance of social trust in the judicial power and recalled the increase of trust in the national police, which enjoys a high level of confidence unlike militia.
 
 
 
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