20 members of the European Parliament (EP) that are members of the informal group “Friends of European Ukraine”, urge the Ukrainian authorities to cancel the electronic Declaration for social activists who are engaged in anti-corruption. Corresponding letter the lawmakers sent to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and speaker of the Parliament Andrei Parubiy, reports “European true”.
MEPs surprised by the EP adopted legislative changes regarding electronic Declaration to anti-corruption activists.
“We are convinced that these innovations, which are now vested in the representatives of non-governmental organizations dealing with combating corruption, with the requirement to publish declarations of their income is unnecessary, unprecedented and discriminatory move,” the letter reads.
According to MEPs, the adoption of legislative changes – is a “manifestation of pressure on those public activists who tirelessly carry out extremely valuable work in exposing and reporting on corruption in Ukraine”.
MPs call for the immediate review of the legislative changes regarding e-Declaration and to witness the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities in the fight against corruption is “sincere and serious”.
Members of the European Parliament recalled that the protest against the massive corruption at the highest state level brought the Ukrainian people on Euromaidan. Among the signatories of MPs Petras, Austrevicius, Rebecca harms, Anna Fotyga, Paul Svoboda and others.
Earlier, the EU criticized adopted by the Verkhovna Rada and signed by President Poroshenko amendments to the law on electronic Declaration providing for the submission of declarations of public activists.