European Commission accused Ukraine of violating promises: it requires repealing declarations for anti-corruption
The European Commission accused the Ukrainian authorities of failing to fulfill their obligations due to the failure of the abolition of e-declarations for public activists in the fight against corruption
This is stated in the statement of European Commissioner Johannes Ghana, promulgated on the website of the European Commission.
“The deadline for submitting declarations on the property of civil society activists expires on April 1. The refusal to cancel the continuation of this obligation contradicts Ukraine’s European aspirations, which contradicts the persistent recommendations provided by Ukraine’s international partners, including the EU (also in the context of a permanent monitoring of Ukraine’s implementation of commitments in the liberalization of the visa regime), the Venice Commission, the OSCE, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Law m people, “- said in a statement.
The European Commission emphasizes that the purpose of the property declaration system is to prevent corruption among government officials and to detect their potentially unjustified enrichment, while members of civil society are not civil servants and extorting property declarations from them only causes unacceptable pressure on them and prevents the fight against corruption.
The EU’s relations with Ukraine are based on common values. Both sides agreed that respect for democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms are the main elements of the Association Agreement. In recent years, Ukraine has made significant progress. It is important not to undermine the progress achieved. The Verkhovna Rada should return to the problem of declaring the property of civil society activists as soon as possible. The EU is ready to provide further support and consultations, “European Commissioner Gan said.
- Recall, on March 23, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada approved draft law No. 6172, which freed soldiers of rank and file, sergeants and junior officers from the obligation to file e-declarations, but obliged to file e-declarations of anti-corruption executives or members of the supreme management body of public associations engaged in counteraction activities corruption, members of public councils with state bodies, candidates for elected office.
- On July 10, 2017, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko introduced a package of bills concerning the restriction of e-declaration for anti-corruption public organizations to the parliament.
- G7 supported the Venice Commission on the abolition of e-declarations for anti-corruption activists in Ukraine.
Information taken from: https://ru.espreso.tv/news/2018/03/28/evrokomyssyya_obvynyla_ukraynu_v_narushenyy_obeschanyy_trebuet_otmenyt_deklaracyy_dlya_antykorrupcyonerov