Transparency International demands urgent certification of e-declaration system in Ukraine16.08.2016 14:55 291
Transparency International is concerned that Ukraine has introduced a new e-declaration system to fight corruption but without the necessary security certification, which means it cannot formally be used to prosecute public officials who falsely report their assets and interests.
This has been stated in a statement released on the website of the nongovernmental organization.
“President Poroshenko promised that the e-declaration system would be introduced on 15 August – but without a security certificate it is simply window dressing and cannot fight corruption. This will be seen as a symbolic move to let the corrupt off the hook,” Chair of Transparency International José Ugaz said.
The e-declaration system is mandatory for all public servants, politicians, managers of state and communal enterprises, and other employees who are paid by the state. Public officials are only obliged to post information once.
The e-declaration system is a pre-requisite for Ukrainians to receive visa-free travel in Europe and the next tranche of funds from the International Monetary Fund, as well financial assistance from the EU and the World Bank.