The European Union Commissioner for European neighbourhood policy and enlargement Johannes Hahn believes that the decision of a question with edits for mandatory electronic Declaration of the members of the anti-corruption public associations can be found throughout the summer holidays.

“This issue requires international attention. We are in talks with the Ukrainian President, but it is also a matter of parliamentary consideration. …We want to see the results, I’m sure this issue will be out during the summer holidays,” he said during a joint briefing with Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna klympush-Tsintsadze on Thursday in Kiev.

Th.Khan also noted that in the structure of NGOs needs to be transparency, however, “the law should not create obstacles in the work of non-governmental organizations.”

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada on March 23 268 votes approved the draft law No . 6172, which freed troops, NCOs, petty officers and squads, Junior officers from the obligation to file e-Declaration, and ordered them to serve “fighters” (leaders, or members of the management body of public associations that carry out activities on anti-corruption), members of the public councils under state bodies, candidates for elected office.

During the consideration of the second reading and adoption of the draft law the Parliament adopted a large number of amendments, some of which the authors changed the voice. Thus, currently the final text of the document is unknown.

At the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, commenting on the amendments, the extension of the list are obliged to submit e-Declaration of assets and income by public figures is a step backwards in the reform process in Ukraine: “E-Declaration for senior government officials is a strong step forward in the promotion of reforms in Ukraine. Members of civil society play a vital role in ensuring transparency; to make their target – to take a step back.”

European Commissioner for European neighbourhood policy and enlargement Johannes Hahn in his account on “Twitter” wrote: “E-Declaration must be focused on corruption in the public administration, not to obstruct the work of civil society… Changes in the law on e-Declaration is a step back, not forward, and should be revised”.

March 27 it became known that the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andrew Parubiy signed amendments to the law on electronic Declaration and referred it to the President for signature.

On the same day the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he will hold consultations in the presidential administration regarding the adopted by the Parliament changes in the legislation concerning e-Declaration.

After meeting with the head of state, Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine Yaroslav Yurchyshyn said that the President can not veto this law, because due to these modifications, the soldiers in the ATO zone are exempt from customs Declaration. However, Poroshenko invited the activists to establish a working group on elaboration of amendments to it, which the President will submit to the Parliament as urgent.

“Because the obligation to fill in electronic declarations by representatives of public organizations appears only in 2018, on the proposal of the President of Ukraine, the parties agreed to establish a working group with participation of representatives of public organizations, MPs and representatives of the presidential administration with the goal of developing agreed amendments to the law”, – informed the press service of the President of Ukraine.