On the morning of September 12, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi vetoed the law on electronic declaration, which stipulated not to open declarations for another year.
“I bequeathed the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, which contained restrictions on electronic declaration. I think everyone perfectly understands the reason for this veto. Declarations must be opened immediately. The register should be opened not in a year, but right now,” said the president.
Zelenskyy emphasized that deputies should vote for the main amendment on open declarations, “preferably quickly.”
Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak notedthat the Council can hold a corresponding vote “on the twentieth of September.”
A petition calling on the president to promise a declaration law gained the necessary 25 thousand votes in a record three hours. And as of now, more than 83,000 people have voted for the petition — this is a record number for the entire existence of the petition submission tool.
Veto the law on Zelenskyi’s declarations the deputies of the European Parliament also called. They recommended returning the law to the Verkhovna Rada with the demand to immediately open the register of declarations.
We will remind you that the Verkhovna Rada recently supported the draft law №9534 on the restoration of electronic declaration, however did not adopt the main amendment on the immediate opening of the register of declarations. In order for the law to enter into force, it was sent to the president for his signature.
Vitaliy Shabunin, head of the non-governmental organization “Anti-Corruption Center”, stated that the closed register of declarations would violate the government’s promises to international partners, especially in terms of joining the EU. That is why the G7 ambassadors separately emphasized the openness of the register.
On the same day, the deputies voted for another law In No. 9587 — on prosecution for untimely declaration. As wrote DEJURE foundation, it has a harmful edit: in case of lying in the declaration in the amount of up to 1.3 million hryvnias, the violator faces a fine of 17 thousand hryvnias – after paying this fine, the official will not be considered to have been held liable. That is, they will not be entered into the relevant register.
National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NACP) notedwho intends to appeal to Zelenskyi with a request to veto draft law No. 9587-d.
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