In the beginning of September, in his appeal to the Parliament of Ukraine on Ukraine’s internal and external situation in 2017, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the introduction of electronic declaration for public activists was a mistake and called on the Parliament to adopt draft laws No. 6674 and No. 6675 which abolish mandatory electronic declaration for participants of any anticorruption activities and introduce additional public reporting for civil society organizations.
This was a reaction to numerous appeals to the authorities to cancel e-declarations for public activists made by leading Ukrainian civil society organizations, the European Union, G7 Ambassadors and other international partners of Ukraine.
At the same time, the above said draft laws introduce discriminatory rules for additional public reporting of civil society organizations and their contractors.
We regret to admit that the decision to withdraw electronic declaration for civil activists under the pretext of further discussion of draft laws No. 6674 and No. 6675 is being delayed. Even though respective draft laws foresee the cancellation of mandatory electronic declaration for civil activists, they also introduce unreasonable additional reporting for civil organizations.
In view of this, we propose two alternative solutions for this issue:
We, representatives of the civil society, are ready to continue cooperation with the Administration of the President and members of Parliament in order to improve legislation on the public reporting of civil society organizations (draft law No. 6675). While supporting the idea of increasing transparency of the non-profit sector, we emphasize that the suggested draft laws contain a number of provisions clearly contradicting national and international law and the Council of Europe standards. These provisions are discriminatory and should thus be withdrawn.
As to the provisions concerning public reporting for civil society organizations, they should be finalized with participation of a wide range of stakeholders and cannot be adopted without due consultations with the public. Meanwhile, civil society’s detailed proposals to draft laws #6674 and #6675 were addressed to the Presidential Administration back on September 6, 2017.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as the initiator of draft laws No. 6674 and No. 6675 and parliamentary coalition factions (Petro Poroshenko Bloc – Solidarity and the People’s Front), are fully responsible for an urgent repeal of electronic declaration requirements for public activists. Civil society calls for no further delays in correcting this legislative error by abolishing e-declaration for activists by December 31, 2017.
Coalition of Civil Society Organizations “Reanimation Package of Reforms”
Association of Ukrainian Monitors on Human Rights Conduct in Law Enforcement
NGO “Detector Media”
NGO “Crimean Human Rights Group”
NGO “Human Rights Platform”
Civic Platform “OPORA”
Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation
Institute of Mass Information
Institute for Development of Regional Press
Democratic Transformations Laboratory
League of Interns
Interdisciplinary Science and Education Center for Preventing Corruption
Human Rights Education House – Chernihiv
Transparency International Ukraine
Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research
Ukrainian Center for European Policy
Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation
Open Dialog Foundation
Kharkiv Regional Foundation “Public Alternative”
Center for public monitoring and research
Center for Civil Liberties
Center for Democracy and Rule of Law
Center for Economic Strategy
Human Rights Information Center
Center of Local Self-government
Center for Policy and Legal Reforms
CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research