Activists “Flushed” Hryvnia Down the Toilet Because of the Failure to Launch the E-declaration System
Today at the “Ukrainian House”, activists from the Reanimation Package of Reforms and MPs “flushed” Hryvnia down the two meter toilet – demonstrating how after the destruction of the e-declaration system and the refusal of international partners to provide financial assistance to the economy, the Ukrainian currency will be converted into toilet paper.
A mandatory requirement for the delivery of money to Ukraine – $4 billion from the IMF and 1.2 billion Euros from the EU – is the launching of the e-declaration system in full mode, not test mode.
Nevertheless, the government activated an electronic declaration system for assets of public officials in test mode, which can and will not be regarded by international partners as Ukraine fulfilling its obligations.
Test mode on the system does not give legal authority to the information entered in the declaration and is a lie.
Activating the system in test mode and the whole process of submission to a system of declarations of civil servants prevents bringing them to criminal responsibility for specifying false data in the declarations and illegal enrichment.
Any such declaration can then be appealed in court as having no legal effect because it was filed in test mode. Therefore, to arrest someone for lying in such declarations, or the appearance of hundreds of millions of money of unknown origin will be impossible – the activists are convinced.
“The possibility of bringing civil servants and top officials to justice for illegal enrichment was one of the main objectives of the introduction of the electronic declaration system,
and demanded from the Western partners of Ukraine, because with the system criminal penalties for lying on the declarations were introduced as well,’ – says Yaroslav Yurchishin, executive director of Transparency International Ukraine.
“The system operates on a simulator – those involved in corruption are safe and they have something to show to the internationals,”
says Vitaliy Shabunin, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Action Centre.
The cash profits of illegal arms trafficking, smuggling of coal from ATO, drug trafficking, kickbacks in procurement for the military, and oil and gas can be recorded in the declaration without fear that someone will find out the source of the money.
This can be done only as part of a criminal investigation, but the system that is working in test mode, can not even theoretically conduct such an investigation “, – the expert concludes.
“As chairman of the parliamentary committee that is to monitor the implementation of legislation, I demand that the National Agency on Corruption Prevention and the State Service for Special Communications immediately resolve the issue and run a full system, not a beta” – says Yegor Sobolev, MP .
“I personally will not fill in the declaration until the system is working in a legal manner and urge MPs and top civil servants to do the same until the electronic declaration system is fully launched.”
– Said Sobolev.
“The Ukrainian government has once again decided to “deceive” everyone, by running a fictitious system, instead of truthful one – says Alexandra Drik, chairwoman of the State Lustration Committee. However, fooling Ukrainians or Western partners failed because it could be argued that the government deliberately ruins economic aid to Ukraine. Their own fortunes are much more important than the financial stability of the state. ”
According to activists, the leadership of the NACP – the only body which receives declarations of civil servants, “is perfectly aware of the role and status of the system, but runs it in test mode, ensuring impunity and immunity of officials. ”
In this way, the government gives officials an effective tool to legalize illegally acquired, already after the Revolution of Dignity, wealth.
By running the system in test mode the declarations have no legal force, Ukraine is substantially restricting the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, which should investigate crimes of declaring false information and illegal enrichment of government officials and top politicians.
“This is a significant step backwards in anti-corruption reform, which jeopardizes the entire financial assistance program for the economy. Without international funds the state financial system will not survive, and in the fall, along with exorbitant tariffs, Ukrainians will receive a dollar for more than 30 hryvnias and another jump in prices” – explaining the implications of the test system, declared Vitali Shabunin.
Disruption of the launching of the electronic declaration system could also lead to failure in the visa liberalization plan with the European Union and Ukraine.
“After the refusal of European integration by Yanukovych, Ukrainians came out and created EuroMaidan. Now, the European dream of millions is being destroyed after Maidan by President Petro Poroshenko”- says Shabunin.
Activists believe that the responsibility for the failure to launch the electronic declaration system lies primarily with the State Service of Special Communication, which at the direction of state leaders, at the time refused to grant a certificate of building a comprehensive system of data protection and did not provide an opportunity in time to complete the system. Responsibility also lies with the NACP.
During the press conference, activists sent a demand to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groisman, to immediately ensure that the electronic declaration system has the required certificate and force officials who will use the test mode system to submit their declaration again.