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22 December 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005677/2018

As expressed in the statement of 5 November 2018 by the Spokesperson of the High Representative/Vice-President on the death of Kateryna Handzyuk, any attacks against civil society activists and investigative journalists are deeply worrying.

The European External Action Service and the Commission services are following closely the progress of the investigations of such cases and have expressed on at highest levels that they expect the incidents to be investigated swiftly and thoroughly and the perpetrators brought to justice.

During his visit to Ukraine on 8-9 November 2018 Commissioner Hahn also met with civil society and proposed to set up a task force at national level to investigate attacks against civic activists in order to ensure effective coordination of all law enforcement agencies.

The EU attributes high importance to the fight against corruption and continues to reiterate that preventing and combating corruption in Ukraine is also a pressing and urgent demand from the Ukrainian society.

The EU is already heavily engaged in assisting Ukraine in this field, including through conditionalities in the macro-financial assistance programme and the so far largest EU-funded project in the area of fight against corruption — the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. The EU remains committed to further assist Ukraine in the fight against corruption also through its EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine.

Last updated: 7 January 2019Legal notice