In 2020, the term of office of the head of the SAPO Nazar Kholodnytskyi expired and the process of forming a Selection Commission for competetive selection of a new head began. According to the law, the Selection Commission consists of 11 persons: 4 are appointed by the Council of Prosecutors and another 7 are appointed by the Ukrainian Parliament following the proposals of factions. In June 2020, the Council of Prosecutors appointed
4 independent experts to the commission: recognized international experts (Drago Kos, Nona Tsotsoriya, Thomas Firestone) and Ukrainian expert Roman Kuybida.
Parliament was able to appoint its quota only on the 3rd attempt. Most of those appointed by Parliament have drawn criticism
for failing to meet statutory criteria. According to the information provided to the Anti-Corruption Center, the selection of commission members from the Parliament was carried out by Tatarov, and later these persons were nominated by the Parliament on the proposal of various factions and groups. Later, journalists found numerous connections
between most of the people appointed by the Parliament and Tatarov.
During the selection process
, most members of the Commission under the parliamentary quota delayed the process in various ways, tried to establish procedures that did not involve integrity testing, unreasonably blocked independent candidates in the competition (for example, without any justification from the parliamentary quota, Roman Simkiv was blocked. He together with Bozhko was a member of the team, which investigated the case of Andriy Portnov. The same happened with a number of other independent candidates). Similarly, part of the Commission tried to artificially promote and give the green light to candidates who were suggested by the Office of the President (i.e., MP Andriy Kostin, friend of the hed of the Office of President Andriy Yermak).
Part of the Commission under the Parliament's quota artificially delayed
the process, ignoring the commission meetings and breaking the quorum, especially when 2 candidates reached the finals, one of whom was NABU detective Oleksandr Klymenko (who was involved in the Tatarov's case). Some members of the Commission artificially sabotaged the process and made proposals to restart the competition in order to prevent Klymenko from winning, although he won by the number of points he received. As of December 2, 2021, the selection process continues for more than 14 months due to unjustified delays and sabotage.