09:33 Sep. 1, 2016
Launch, originally planned for April, was held up over e-security.Now the head of communications service says system is safe to use
Ukraine got the go-ahead to start a delayed online system that monitors the incomes and assets of government officials, a key step to unfreezing the nation's USD 17.5 billion international bailout.
Having held up the implementation of the electronic-declaration system, most recently over security concerns, Leonid Yevdochenko, the head of the Special Communications Service, said it was safe to use. It will go into force Sept. 1, five months later than originally envisaged.
"As of today, the Special Communications Service has removed all problems caused by the developer of the system," Yevdochenko told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Kyiv. "We'll pass the certificate to the National Agency for Corruption Prevention, which will allow the electronic asset-declaration system to be launched legitimately."
Ukraine twice missed deadlines to launch the declaration system, part of efforts to stamp out years of post-Soviet corruption in the wake of the country's second revolution in a decade.