Today's re-launch of the electronic asset declaration system with certification represents another important step in Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts, which are essential for a continued successful reform process. The technical problems encountered by the system after its launch need be resolved as soon as possible.
Ultimately, the success of the electronic asset declaration system will not be measured by its formal launch, but by the effective and uninterrupted functioning of the system. This includes criminal liability for submitting false declarations. Furthermore, public accountability is the founding principle underpinning the e-declaration system in order to prevent and counter corruption among public officials.
It is important that full responsibility for the management of the system remains with the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) and that the independence and integrity of the NAPC is fully ensured. It is also important that the NAPC is provided with all the necessary financial and human resources in order for it to be able to fulfill its role in line with Ukraine's international commitments.