Journalists learn details of e-declaration’s second phase

Kyiv, 13 February 2017 – UNDP in cooperation with the Detector Media NGO held a seminar for journalists "Second wave: who and how should submit e-declarations in 2017?".

1234What categories of civil servants will declare their assets this year? Must all educators and physicians submit an e-declaration? What amounts are to be declared in 2017?

Dmytro Kotlyar, an anti-corruption expert at UNDP, and Ivan Presniakov, a team lead of UNDP's Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity project, answered all questions of journalists.

"The second wave of e-declaration is no less important than the first one," said Dmytro Kotlyar. "During these months, by April 2017, over 700,000 more civil servants will join the first 100,000 declarants. This is a fairly major reform, which concerns a lot of people."

An electronic declaration system is quite innovative for the world. Since its introduction, Ukrainian officials are moving to a new transparent format of filing declarations, which are now available online for public scrutiny.

Such meetings with the media are held to help Ukrainian journalists, and thus all Ukrainian society, learn about the legal requirements of e-declaration.

"After the first wave of declaration, editorial staff of our program continued talking about the declared assets of civil servants for weeks," says Anna Chaika, a journalist for the "Hroshi" ("Money") investigative journalism program at the 1+1 TV channel. "Now, we all expect a further roll-out of the reform and its results. For me as an investigative journalist, it was useful to learn about the legal framework of the second wave of declaration. This will help in my future work."

The Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity project is implemented by UNDP in Ukraine and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.