: E-declaration system failure threatens Ukraine's EU visa-free regime
Politics20:59 Aug. 16, 2016

E-declaration system failure threatens Ukraine's EU visa-free regime

Ukraine launches e-declaration system without security certification

Who is to blame for e-declaration system flop?

Ukraine' parliamentary Committee on Preventing and Fighting Corruption will hold a meeting on Thursday, August 18th, to discuss the situation with e-declaration website launch. The Committee on Informatization and Communications will join the meeting.

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On Monday, August 15, Ukraine missed the deadline to fully launch the online asset-declaring system. The e-declaration system did not receive the security certificate from the State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine. It means the information on the web site is unprotected and thus cannot be accepted as evidence by court. Protected data is supposed to become one of the main tools to fight corruption. Why the system did not receive the certificate, remains unclear. The State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine says the web site does not satisfy security requirements. In contrast, the UN Development Programme in Ukraine states there were no reasons to deny the system of security certificate, as it was already accepted by national partners twice.

National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine blames developers for failing to keep up with security demands.

One more reason for a failure - subversive political activity.

Andriy Marusov, Head of Transparency International Ukraine: "The National System of Confidential Communication means nothing but negotiations of Poroshenko, Groysman, and Parubiy. E-declaration has been ordered by UN Development Programme in Ukraine. The day before the launching they reported they had received a message from state enterprise Ukrainian Special Systems about the software. The message said the enterprise had run out of batteries, and therefore, would not be able to support the e-declaration on its computer servers. This is total absurd."

Read also Transparency International: Ukraine must certify e-declaration anti-corruption tool to make it effective

European officials are disappointed with Ukraine failing to implement the anti-corruption requirements, listed among the necessary conditions to get visa-free regime and IMF tranche. The IMF is delaying disbursement of USD 17.5 billion until the e-declaration system receives the security certificate.

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