Kyiv, April 1, 2016 – The software for the Unified State Register of Declarations of public servants and local elected officials has been presented to the judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine (SCU) and the personnel of the SCU Secretariat, who will submit their declarations in 2016.
Since the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption began its work, new challenges have arisen. One is the issue of launching a new electronic asset declaration system for public officials. At the request of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity Project of the United Nations Development Program has developed software to launch this system quickly and make the declaration procedure user-friendly. During the presentation, the judges and the personnel of the SCU Secretariat learned about the new system and the rules for completing an electronic declaration.
“Among the key legislative changes is that public officials will now be required to fill in and submit a declaration in an electronic form, which will be publicly available online. The NAPC will check the declarations and anyone who has submitted false information or failed to submit a declaration will bear not only administrative, but also criminal responsibility,’’ said Dmytro Kotliar, expert of the World Bank and the UNDP, who summed up the key features of the new system during the presentation.
The new electronic asset declaration consists of 16 information categories covering, in particular, real estate, construction in progress, valuable movable and immovable property, securities, corporate rights, intangible assets, and legal entities whose ultimate beneficiary is the subject of the declaration or his/her family members.
The presentation participants also talked about further actions of the NAPC as the agency responsible for checking the declarations. “The NAPC was recently registered as a legal entity and the Government has approved the maximum number of personnel of the NAPC secretariat. We are starting to recruit employees for the Agency’s secretariat. A lot is yet to be done, but Ukraine will shortly get a powerful system of corruption prevention,” summarized Ruslan Riaboshapka, member of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption.