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The authorities are making another attempt to disrupt electronic declaration of public officials’ assets and avoid responsibility for inaccurate information in the declarations

The RPR Anticorruption Group has to draw attention to another attempt to disrupt proper launch of the system of electronic declaration of public officials’ assets.

According to the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC), the system should be launched in two weeks – on August 15, 2016, when high-ranking government officials, judges, prosecutors and other officials should start filing their electronic declarations into the new system. The software for the system has already been developed. NAPC regulations required for this system came into force upon being registered in the Ministry of Justice on July 22.

Only one issue is yet to be resolved – a certificate of conformity for an integrated information security system (IISS) in the declaration system should be issued. It is a responsibility of the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine – a central executive body with a special status which is coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers, but also depends on the President of Ukraine who confers senior officer ranks to the employees of the Service.

According to the schedule of the system launch, on Friday, July 29, the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine had to approve the technical specifications and choose a licensed organization to conduct an expert review of the IISS. This has not been done, which jeopardizes timely issue of a certificate of conformity for the electronic declaration system IISS.

Moreover, the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine is reportedly trying to impose a state-owned company controlled by it as an expert organization. Due to the lack of experts, this company will not be able to complete the expert review in time and to ensure full-fledged functioning of the system (its “production use”) starting from August 15, 2016.

It is necessary to receive a certificate of conformity for the declaration system not only as a technical requirement – it is a prerequisite for a legitimate operation of the system. Without this certificate the system can work only in a test mode, which is unacceptable, because electronic declarations filed to such a system will have no legal significance. It will be impossible to bring a person to responsibility for inaccurate information in such a declaration. Perhaps this is what the senior public officials are trying to achieve with the help of the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine?

We call on the President of Ukraine, the Government of Ukraine, the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, and the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine to ensure timely and proper launch of the system of electronic declaration – to guarantee that this system is in production use starting from August 15, 2016, using an integrated information security system with a certificate of conformity issued by the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine.

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