EU Delegation concerned by incomplete launch of e-declaration system in Ukraine

18:16, 15 August 2016
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The EU Delegation to Ukraine says it is concerned by the incomplete launch of the e-asset declaration system in Ukraine.

The e-declaration system should contribute to combating corruption in accordance with Ukraine's commitments to the EU / Photo from UNIAN

"We are very disappointed and concerned by the incomplete launch of the electronic asset declaration system by the NAPC [National Agency for Prevention of Corruption] last night, without the necessary certification," the EU Delegation said in a statement on Facebook on Monday.

"An e-electronic system needs to be certified in order to ensure criminal liability for making false statements. This is essential for making such a system work and contribute to combating corruption, in accordance with Ukraine's commitments to the EU and to the international community," it said.

"From what we understand, there are no substantive reason for withholding the certification. The certification should be provided without further delay," the EU Delegation said.

Read alsoGroysman demands e-declaration system be fully operating soonAs UNIAN reported earlier, the system was launched at 00:00 local time on Monday, August 15. However, the system works in a trial mode without the certification. The software of the e-declaration system should have been certified by the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine. However, the agency claims that the software has drawbacks.

Legal advocates in turn announce that the absence of the certification could let civil servants avoid criminal liability for providing deliberately incorrect information in their income declarations.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in turn demanded that the e-declaration system should be launched at full capacity as soon as possible.

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