Social activists handed Poroshenko’s proposals for the law on e-returns – Transparency International

Representatives of public organizations sent to the presidential Administration the proposals concerning amendments to the law on e-Declaration and pending the abolition of the current standards. This was said by Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine Yaroslav Yurchyshyn.

He noted that “we are not for the abolition of the law – the law contains adequate standards.” “We are for the abolition of only those edits which diskriminerad on the basis of professional activity of certain categories of persons”, – he said.

First of all, said the representative of the organization, they care about what is “under the electronic Declaration includes those people who in principle are not directly related even to the anti-corruption work: the contractors, third persons.”

“De facto, they are already from 1 April should be declared about significant changes in property status,” said yurchishin.

So, he said, “we just expect authorities to cancel those norms that are a priori unacceptable for a democratic society”.

“We do not believe that it is appropriate now to enter the working groups. Their proposals we sent to the presidential Administration,” – said yurchishin.

According to him, members of the public agree that the state may require some form of Declaration from members of the public councils which have functions that directly affect the implementation of the policy.

“Our draft law, which was developed at the request of the experts of the Reanimation package of reforms and our colleagues… provides that a Declaration for the members of such councils, which have staffing issues or have other delegated government functions at least partially implemented or influence the policy of the state, – they are suitable and can not only relate to anti-corruption activities and should relate to the implementation of the state policy as a whole”, – said yurchishin.

In addition, according to him, discussions with certain representatives of the presidential Administration “there are proposals for the abolition of criminal liability for error or failure of electronic declarations”.

“But, in addition to members of the public councils – the abandonment of a mandatory Declaration for heads of anti – corruption organizations”, – he added.

At the same time, the Manager of the anti-corruption group of the Reanimation package of reforms Alexander Leonov, in particular, expressed the view that “the law should be repealed”.

“The President should veto, but because of certain circumstances or personal interest it was not vetoed. As a result, we now have a radical discrimination of certain types of activities that may in future jeopardize the activities of all anti-corruption public organizations”, – he said.

As reported, on March 23 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on amendments to article 3 of the law of Ukraine “On corruption prevention” (No. 6172), which frees the troops, NCOs, petty officers and squads, Junior officers from filing e-returns, however, requires that representatives of public associations.

On March 27 the President of Ukraine signed the law. On the same day, the President held a meeting with community activists over a new law on e-Declaration, where the parties agreed to establish a working group for working out amendments to it.

The ambassadors of the countries “Big seven” industrialized countries (USA, UK, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan) supported the proposal Poroshenko on the establishment of a working group to study jointly with the public amendments to the law “On corruption prevention” (No. 6172) in the part, which requires representatives of public associations to submit electronic declarations.