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You're reading: Too many corruption risks remain in new anti-corruption bill

For
example, the major advantage of the bill – the clause that
introduces liability for false information provided in income
declarations becomes completely useless ones you realize that those
at fault would get away with just a penalty of Hr 425. Obviously,
corrupt officials would prefer to pay that in exchange of hiding
millions of hryvnias. Transparency International Ukraine suggests
that the penalty should be increased to Hr 5,100 – 17,000.

In
addition, the function of the financial control over declarations,
which is now assigned to the special subdivisions of public bodies,
will be delegated to the Ministry of Income and Fees. Public experts
state that it is a positive innovation, because the Ministry of
Income has an access to the tax declarations of the officials,
controls fiscal payments and has all necessary powers and resources
for this control.

But
unfortunately anti-corruption subdivisions of public bodies cannot
effectively control the officials’ declarations, since these
subdivisions depend on the umbrella authorities. It is an obvious
conflict of interests.

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