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 Poroshenko vetoed controversial "visa-free" law on e-declarations

President Petro Poroshenko vetoed Saturday the bill No. 3755 providing for the introduction of electronic income declarations of public officials and containing a number of controversial moments.

Anti-Corruption Action Centre Head Vitalii Shabunin said, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainska Pravda.

According to him, the president introduced a number of personal amendments to the law, fully meeting the requirements of the EU in terms of launching the e-declarations system and the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption.

As previously reported, this law was passed with amendments offered by non-affiliated MP Vadym Denysenko. In particular, these changes postponed assuming the liability for false declarations until 2017. In addition, the threshold of declared expenditures was raised from 20 to 100 minimum wages.

The adoption of this version of the law could lead to the postponement of cancellation of the visa regime with the EU.

Earlier, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reminded the Ukrainian authorities of the need to improve the law on electronic declarations.

Later, president's press secretary Sviatoslav Tseholko wrote on Facebook: "The Ukrainians have every chance to travel without visas to the Schengen countries already this year. The president of Ukraine and the public activists managed to agree with the European Commission on the amendments to legal acts regarding the peculiarities of submitting asset declarations by public officials already in 2016.

"After a conversation of President Poroshenko and President Juncker as well as intensive contacts between the EC and the Presidential Administration, the EU has no further comments. A corresponding letter from two European Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Dimitris Avramopoulos was sent to the president today."

He published this letter.

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"This means that the fate of a visa-free regime is in the hands of people's deputies of Ukraine. The president has returned a corresponding law with his amendments to the parliament for its urgent consideration. He also called on the MPs to adopt the necessary changes," Tseholko summed up.

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