European Union: Ukraine Needs to Reform Security Service
The SBU's focus should be on counter-intelligence, counterterrorism, and state secrets protection, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Annika Weidemann said
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) should be deprived of non-essential functions outside of counter-intelligence, counterterrorism, and state secrets protection, a European Union representative said.
“The lack of reforms in the SBU impedes confidence-building in Ukraine’s further integration with Western countries. SBU urgently needs institutional reform in line with the main and advanced Euro-Atlantic methods and standards, and reforms must be carried out in accordance with On National Security of Ukraine law,” Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine Annika Weidemann said.
Weidemann was speaking at the sixth meeting of the parliamentary and public platform ‘On the Road to Good Governance: Five Years of Reforms in the Civil Security Sector of Ukraine,’ Ukrinform reports.
The SBU should be deprived of its current functions in the fields of economic and organized crime.
“Normally, this is not inherent in security services in Western countries,” Weidemann said. “It is now important to ensure proper implementation (reforms – ed.) and resolve some issues in order for Ukraine to take advantage of these reforms, including improving the selection and re-certification process for judges.”
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