“The United States strongly encourages the government of Ukraine to repeal legislation that requires the asset declarations from civil society and international members of state-owned-enterprise supervisory boards. Ukraine’s asset declaration system should hold public officials accountable and not place unnecessary burdens or pressure on civil society. This punitive law targets those very individuals who seek to increase transparency and accountability in Ukraine, fulfilling the promises of the Euromaidan and the Ukrainian people’s aspirations for a democratic country governed by the rule of law. ,” the message says.
It was noted that the bill concerns those people who aspire to increase the level of transparency and accountability in Ukraine, fulfilling Euromaidan promises and Ukrainians’ aspirations to the democracy, ruled by the rule of law.
“We urge the Ukrainian government to expeditiously cancel the asset declaration requirements, in line with recommendations by the Venice Commission, and, in the interim, provide a temporary amnesty for those individuals who do not file declarations by the upcoming deadline,” the message says.
Parubiy suggested that the issue of the cancellation of e-declaration for social activists be the first to discuss at the Verkhovna Rada session on April 3. The Chairman added, that they should also discuss the decriminalization of the article on the social activists’ e-declarations failed to send or sent late.
It should be mentioned that the deadline for the submission of the declaration of assets expires on April 1.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada refused to consider the bills which are cancelled or reschedule the deadline for submission of the electronic declarations of property and revenue of the NGO’s representatives, which deal with corruption.
As it was reported, the Group of Seven called Ukraine for cancellation of the e-declaration for anticorruption crusaders.