"I decided that I veto the law, which today came from the Parliament, and submit the bill on behalf of the President, that is defined as urgent, and I ask the Parliament to consider it Tuesday", — said Poroshenko (quote TASS).
The main changes in the new version of the law are two: first, all officials will be required to submit an electronic Declaration in the current year, and secondly, for violations of the Declaration could face criminal liability.
Such haste of the Ukrainian President is that already on March 17, he has scheduled a meeting in Brussels, where he will discuss granting Ukraine a visa-free regime.
Note that the obligations of Kiev on fight against corruption were important in terms of preparation to the free access of Ukrainians to the EU. The Ukrainian authorities have undertaken to organize the work of anti-corruption authorities, to ensure the independence of the Prosecutor's office, to finalize the legal framework for the management of confiscated assets, and to provide in the budget the necessary money to all of the above to function properly.
Before the Council of the EU will pass the question on visa-free regime for Ukraine on the table, the European Commission should make sure that Kiev fulfils all the laid down criteria.
We will remind, on March 2 it became known that the EU decided to postpone a decision on the abolition of visas for Ukrainians because of the position of the Netherlands, the government considers that the visa issue should be addressed only after the country's referendum on the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The referendum is planned for 6 April 2016.
The next day, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that before 2036 Ukraine, "without a doubt, will not be able" to join NATO and the EU. He explained that the EU requires "a long pause before taking on new member States". At the same time, this does not apply to countries in the Balkans that the EU is already negotiating for membership.