On November 10, 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers determined NACP auditors. TI Ukraine has emphasized on the need to conduct an external audit of the activity of the Agency since 2018. Today, taking advantage of the updated legislation as part of the reboot of the body, the government timely elected the composition of the Commission for Conducting an Independent Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the National Agency’s Activity, which will include three international representatives:

Joseph Gangloff (USA) — expert on financial disclosure by government officials, whistleblower protection, political party financing, and other relevant areas of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).

Diana Kurpniece (Latvia) — senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Latvia, an expert consultant to the GRECO and the OECD on corruption prevention, transparency and accountability, financing of political parties, and lobbying; former executive director of Transparency International Latvia.

Laura Stefan (Romania) — international expert on anti-corruption reform for the European Commission, the IMF, the World Bank, the UN Development Program, the OECD, and other international donors; former director of the Romanian Ministry of Justice; GRECO expert and appraiser in the regular evaluation rounds.

Why is it important?

An external audit of the Agency’s activity by international members of the commission is one of the safeguards against possible inefficiency and abuse by the head of the NACP. The other two means of control are a special audit of all financial transactions by the Accounting Chamber and control of the Agency’s activity by the Public Council.

Our Kateryna Ryzhenko spoke in her blog about how the system of checks and balances for the control of the National Agency should work.

Moreover, in the updated study of the capacity and effectiveness of the NACP, we evaluated the implementation of the recommendation provided in 2020 by the Cabinet of Ministers on initiating changes to the methodology and criteria of independent audit.

An external audit of the Agency’s activity by international members of the commission is one of the safeguards against possible inefficiency and abuse by the head of the NACP.