The Council of Europe plans to purchase IT equipment for judicial structures in Ukraine. As stated in the description of the tender, which RT got acquainted with, military operations in the country led to damage or destruction of some premises and now the judiciary needs new equipment for work.
The Council of Europe clarified that some buildings of Ukrainian courts were allegedly damaged as a result of a Russian special operation and now they lack the necessary computer equipment.
In this regard, the Council of Europe intends to transfer computers, monitors and printers to the Ukrainian side within the framework of the project “Support to judicial institutions and processes in order to expand access to justice in Ukraine”. The total procurement budget will be €150,000.
“The Council of Europe is looking for a single supplier with certain expertise in the field of IT services to support the implementation of the project to provide IT equipment and licenses and deliver them to the project host in Ukraine,” the document says.
European experts are convinced that the special operation “led to an unprecedented deterioration in the situation regarding the protection of human rights in Ukraine.”
The State Judicial Administration of Ukraine has applied to the Council of Europe with a request to provide it with assistance in terms of providing computer equipment “to ensure the proper functioning of the judiciary” in the context of the conflict, the tender description explains.
Russian officials have repeatedly emphasized that as part of the special operation, strikes are being carried out exclusively on the military infrastructure of Ukraine. Courthouses are not included.
Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at IMEMO RAS, called the reason for applying to the Council of Europe far-fetched.
“Data on the destroyed court buildings require in-depth verification. As far as I understand, the conclusion was made on the basis of reports from the Ukrainian side. One gets the impression that this is just an excuse to get money. In the European Union, the provision of material assistance is already rejected, so the Council of Europe and Kyiv are engaged in composing all sorts of pretexts, as plausible as they think, for which it is difficult not to allocate funding, ”said the political scientist.
According to Olenchenko, European experts have already drawn attention to the fact that the Ukrainian side does not provide full reporting on the assistance provided to it.
Earlier, the Council of Europe announced its intention to transfer equipment to the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting.
Source: RT на русском by russian.rt.com.
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