The EU will support Ukraine’s newly established Bureau of Economic Security (BES). The European Union Advisory Mission and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine welcomed President Zelensky’s signing of the Law on the BES on 22 March, describing it as a key reform of investigation and law enforcement on economic crime.
The BES will be established as a central executive government body to counteract offences encroaching on the functioning of the state economy. The State Fiscal Service and the Tax Militia should be disbanded over the coming six months, and the Bureau will be given the appropriate powers in the sphere of the economic security currently held by the Tax Police, the National Police and the Security Service.
The BES also creates conditions to protect economic processes from law-enforcement institutions’ pressure.
The next steps include changes in the criminal procedure code, and the transparent selection of the BES Head and other staff. The EU has also promised to support this process.
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