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 "It's disappointing and not in line with anti-corruption commitments undertaken by Ukrainian leadership," - Tombinski denounced e-declarations law

European Union Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski has criticized the bill adopted yesterday by the Verkhovna Rada, postponing criminal liability for filing false asset and income declarations for one year, as well as the bill granting Prosecutor General the right to twice reject a candidate for the post of head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office.

This was announced on EU delegation's Facebook page, Censor.NET reports.

"I welcome the adoption in the first reading of the legislation on asset recovery and management office (4056) and on assets seizure and special confiscation (4054). Both laws are in line with the EU standards, and I look forward to seeing these versions confirmed in the second reading," he said.

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"The draft law on prosecution (4055) still contains too many discretional powers of the prosecutor general to reject candidates for the post of the specialized anti-corruption prosecutor nominated by an independent selection commission. Further amendments to this law should address this issue in order to ensure full independence of the specialized anti-corruption prosecutor," Tombinski stated.

"The newly adopted law on e-declarations (3755) is disappointing and not in line with anti-corruption commitments undertaken by the Ukrainian leadership. Immediate action should be undertaken in order to install an effective system of verification of asset declarations and to ensure that the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption is able to fulfil its mission to prevent and to uncover corruption," the diplomat resumed.

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