Rada in 2016 budget postpones for year new fiscal control over officials, puts abolition of visas to EU at risk
The Verkhovna Rada during the improvement of the law on the national budget for 2016 has postponed for a year - until January 1, 2017 - the introduction of a new system of financial controls over civil servants, providing for the declaration of all assets in an electronic form, according to the government-appointed member of the National Agency for Counteracting and Preventing Corruption, MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction Viktor Chumak.
"Electronic declaration rather that the physical launch of the national agency's work is our main obligation to the EU in terms of obtaining a visa-free regime," the deputy wrote in his blog on Facebook.
He noted that the provision was added to the government's draft budget and nobody in the hall of the Verkhovna Rada heard about it.
"I'm not sure that the budget committee heard about it as well, but we'll check this on the transcript," Chumak said.
He explained that both available values and cash should be mentioned in an electronic declaration.
"The evaluation of assets should become the basis for determining a possible illegal enrichment and the beginning of checks on the lifestyle," Chumak said.