20:36 03 Mar 2021

Zelenskyi returns the law on whistleblowers to parliament

President Volodymyr Zelenskyi returned the Law "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Prevention of Corruption" Concerning the Regulation of Certain Issues of Protection of Whistleblowers," which was adopted on February 4, 2021, to the Verkhovna Rada with his proposals.

The press service of the Office of the President reports.

It's noted that in the proposed law, the data of individuals will be entered into the Unified portal of reports of corruption detectors, but the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada doesn't define and regulate the amount of data to be entered into the Unified portal. The procedure for the protection of such data, cases, grounds, and the range of persons who can have access to them isn't defined. The law only stipulates that the Unified Portal guarantees compliance with the conditions of confidentiality and anonymity and the fact that the holder and responsible for its administration is the NAPC.

The Office of the President notes that such a law contradicts the Constitution of Ukraine, which guarantees the confidentiality of information to Ukrainian citizens.

"The veto was used because of the proposal to include whistleblowers in the Unified Register, but there is no protection of whistleblowers' rights. We must protect whistleblowers, change the approach to their security, as in civilized countries. Everyone has the right to appeal to law enforcement about corrupt acts," Zelenskyi stressed.

To recap, on February 4, Rada approved the creation of the Unified portal of messages on corruption.


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