No visa-free regime if Ukraine stalls on e-declaration of officials’ incomes

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine hasn’t yet fulfilled all the necessary commitments, EU Delegation Head Jan Tombinski says
15:33, 2 February 2016

The EU might not make the decision to implement visa-free regime with Ukraine in 2016, if the country’s authoritative bodies linger on implementation of digital declaration of officials’ incomes.  

Head of EU Delegation in Ukraine Jan Tombinski said this in Kyiv on February 2 (UNIAN).

“The European Union’s released a positive report about Ukraine’s fulfillment of commitments. The European Commission ruled it is necessary to change regulations of the EU so as to open visa-free regime for Ukraine. The European Commission will submit this decision to the European Council, but some matters need to be resolved by the Ukrainian side”, the diplomat said, adding the EU expects that Ukraine launches the National agency on combating corruption.

Tombinski reiterated that Ukrainian MPs submitted a change in the state budget, under which introduction of the digital declaration of officials’ incomes is postponed until 2017.

“The agency needs these electronic declarations to start working. However, due to requests of some MPs, the decision was postponed until 2017. Thus, we once again found ourselves in the situation where the European governments can’t make the decision whether to implement the visa free regime. There’s no saying whether Ukraine would fulfill its commitments in the future”, Tombinski said.

The ambassador stressed that the responsibility and the resolution rests with the Ukrainian parliament and Ukrainian institutions.

Previously, in December 2015, Kyiv took the commitment to launch the National agency on combating corruption. Based on this initiative, the European Commission approved the positive report of Ukraine’s activity in terms of European integration. A week after that, the Parliament approved the state budget, which postponed the implementation of e-declarations of incomes until the next year. The MPs so far have failed to vote for canceling this delay.     

Earlier, in January, the European Commission said it would soon submit the legislative proposal on introduction of visa free regime for Ukraine.

Related: European Commission to submit legislative proposal on visa-free regime for Ukraine

Related: Ukraine could lose visa free regime if it stalls combating corruption, - Transparency International

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