Venice Commission supports strengthening responsibility for lying in declarations
The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) positively assessed the bill initiated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which returns criminal liability for declaring false information. This is stated in the conclusion of the Venice Commission, UATV reports.
The Venice Commission welcomes the reintroduction of imprisonment sanctions into the Criminal Code for the most serious categories of offenses related to the declaration of assets, as well as an increased level of monetary fines. But, it is noted that the strengthening of sanctions should be accompanied by the strengthening of anti-corruption institutions and mechanisms.
Zelenskyy’s bill was analyzed by the commission at the request of the head of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov. The President introduced this draft after the decision of the Constitutional Court, which in October 2020 recognized Art. 366-1 (on declaring false information) of the Criminal Code unconstitutional.
Аor declaring unreliable information officials could have up to 2 years in prison with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years. In December 2020, responsibility for lying in the declarations was renewed, but only in the form of a fine and community service. Therefore, in January 2021, Zelenskyy submitted a new bill, which will also include a conclusion. On April 15, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the document in the first reading.