EU commissioner reminds Ukraine of its commitment on asset declaration for activists

EU commissioner reminds Ukraine of its commitment on asset declaration for activists

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The European Commission has criticized Ukraine's leadership due to the failure to comply with its obligation to abolish compulsory electronic income declaration for civil society activists.

A respective statement was released on Wednesday by European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Ukrinform's correspondent in Brussels reported.

"On April 1, the deadline for submission of the asset declarations for civil society activists will lapse. The Ukrainian authorities have not lived up to their commitment. The failure to repeal the extension of this obligation from public officials also to civic activists is contrary to Ukraine's European aspirations," he said.

According to the statement, it is contrary to the strong recommendations given by Ukraine's international partners, including the EU, the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR.

"The purpose of the asset declaration system is to help prevent corruption by public officials by exposing potentially unjustified wealth of public officials. Civil society members are not public officials and imposing asset declarations upon them only puts unacceptable and undue burden and pressure on them and will play into the hands of those keen to destroy Ukraine's efforts to fight corruption effectively," Hahn said.

The commissioner also said that Ukraine has made remarkable progress over the past years.

"Ukraine's parliament should revert to the issue and lift asset declaration obligations on civil society activists and limit these to public officials as soon as possible. The EU stands ready to provide further support and advice," Hahn said.

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