Former EU commissioner and one-time Lithuanian finance minister Algirdas Šemeta is to become Ukraine's new anti-corruption boss, Reuters reports.
Algirdas Šemeta
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Šemeta's appointment was backed by the Kiev government and its Western lenders, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said on Wednesday.

Šemeta, who was until recently the European Union's Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, will monitor business dealings and handle complaints about corruption.

His role will have no legal powers but is based on a deal struck in May by the government and international financing institutions providing Kiev aid including the IMF, EBRD and European Investment Bank.

Another Lithuanian, businessman Aivaras Abromavičius, was recently appointed Ukraine's minister of economy.

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