Ukrainian legislators on Wednesday voted to give the public access to the financial statements of officials. The AFP agency draws attention to the fact that President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has repeatedly promised to eradicate corruption in the country as part of the reforms necessary for Ukraine to join Western international organizations, primarily the EU.
Last week, Zelensky said that electronic financial declarations should be available to the public “immediately”, according to “Voice of America”.
His call was made after a petition with more than 80,000 people was collected. signatures calling for a veto on the law, which closes access to financial statements of officials for another hour.
The human rights organization Center for Combating Corruption stated that the vote in the parliament took place due to public pressure. In Ukraine, 80,000 signatures have been collected on a petition against the adoption of a law allowing officials not to disclose their financial declarations for one more hour.
According to a July survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, 89% of Ukrainians consider corruption a serious problem, second only to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.