17:22 22.11.2017

EU may refuse to grant Ukraine EUR 600 mln in financial aid because of failure to check e-declarations – MP Sobolev

EU may refuse to grant Ukraine EUR 600 mln in financial aid because of failure to check e-declarations – MP Sobolev

The European Union may refuse to grant Ukraine EUR 600 million in financial assistance due to the ineffectiveness of verification of electronic declarations, the head of the anti-corruption committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Yehor Sobolev, has said.

"Now the European Union may refuse Ukraine in assistance worth EUR 600 million, including due to the complete failure to check electronic declarations. I do not put the blame only on you (the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, NACP). The responsibility lies with the entire leadership of the state, including us," Sobolev said when members of the anti-corruption committee spoke with the heads of the NACP, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) in Kyiv on Wednesday.

He noted that to date no high-ranking official has been prosecuted based on the results of verification of theirelectronic declaration.

When asked by Sobolev about the reasons for the sabotage of checking e-declarations, NACP Head Natalia Korchak replied that the agency is checking the e-declarations based on appeals. "People who turn to us want us to check deputies of the local councils. There are certain data. So, it's irresponsible to blame us for sabotage and unprofessionalism," she said.

A meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Prevention and Combating Corruption did not take place on Wednesday due to the absence of a quorum, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported. Nevertheless, the committee members who came to the meeting, talked with the leadership of anti-corruption agencies.

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