Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with Bénédicte Borel, Building Integrity (BI) Programme Manager. The BI Programme provides practical tools to help strengthen integrity, transparency and accountability and reduce the risk of corruption in the defence and security sector.
The meeting took place within the framework of the third self-assessment held by the experts of the Prpgramme of the institutions of the defence and security sector for the purpose of identifying corruption risks.
The parties discussed issues related to the status and prospects of implementation of the NATO Program in Ukraine, deepening of cooperation in a number of areas, in particular, continuation of training programs for specialists responsible for organizing measures for the prevention and detection of corruption in the defence and security sector, applying norms and principles, and Alliance’s policy implementation on this issue in Ukraine.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze noted that functioning of effective anti-corruption institutions is a key issue for Ukraine, which is one of the priorities of the Annual National Program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in 2019. Therefore, NATO's expert assessment of the work of anti-corruption bodies and anti-corruption units of the security and defence institutions of Ukraine is particularly valuable to the country.
In turn, the BI Programme Manager Bénédicte Borel emphasized that NATO assesses Ukraine's participation in the Building Integrity Programme as constructive and successful. "We are interested in continuing cooperation with Ukraine, in particular, with newly created anti-corruption structures, providing a proper assessment and recommendations from the Alliance experts," she underscored.