On the 1st of September top officials started to fill in their asset declarations with means for them to be publicly available via the Internet. This legislation was supposed to be enacted in the beginning of 2016. But with votes of the Members of Parliament from Petro Poroshenko Block, «Narodniy Front», «Volia Narodu», Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko and «Batkivshina» of Yulia Tymoshenko the Parliament twice blocked this legislation. Thanks to societal pressure and EU and IMF official's outrage, we resumed the Act. The beginning of publishing of the declaration through the Internet was almost sabotaged once more. The State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection in Ukraine recognized the software as «unreliable». New wave of outrage from society, NGOs, European Union and IMF representatives, Prime-Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danyluk and our Parliament Committee allowed us to launch this important anti-corruption law.
I will remind that from last Autumn the law initiated by our committee applies to openness of the information regarding owners of the land, real estate and vehicles. So, with having free access to declarations of all of the officials, journalists, NGOs and social activists can organize public control of the assets of officials. According to the new legislation such control has to be conducted by the Agency of Prevention of Corruption. Fiscal Service has sabotaged this function for years.
There are still some risks regarding cancellation of the demand to publish the declarations via the Internet by the Constitutional Court. The CC is being asked to do so by the Members of Parliament, that were a part of Victor Yanukovitch's party. At least third of the Constitutional Court's judges were also loyal to him. After Euromaidan those judges are under investigation of General Prosecution Office and SSU for giving Yanukovych dictatorship-type authority in 2010, but still haven’t even received a declaration of suspicion. That is clearly an evidence of Petro Poroshenko's influence.
I’ve sent a letter to General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko with a request not to further prolong the investigation regarding those judges of CCU who gave false authority to Yanukovuch. To leave in the hands of these discredited people the fate of the key laws of Ukraine, including e-declaration, is irresponsible. From 30th of September, in accordance with the amendments to the Constitution, initiated by the President, arrest of the Constitutional Court judges without the consent of two thirds of the CC judges would be impossible.
Agency on prevention of corruption has also began to follow through with other anti-corruption law regarding the Parties having to be financed by the tax payers money proportionally to obtain votes. This semester 6 parties that came to Parliament in 2014 will receive 391 million hryvnas (15 million dollars).
Next anti-corruption step in this direction for me is the prohibition of political advertisement. It is the main weapon of oligarchs during the elections, that allows them to give their candidates substantial advantage during all of the elections. This draft of the law was registered by us in August of 2015, but still cannot find required votes in the Parliament.