Deputies of local councils will no longer vote in a conflict of interest

31.05.2019

The Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court of Ukraine is considering that decisions taken in the conflict of interest should be declared unlawful according to the requirements of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, Legislation of Ukraine, and considering all the negative consequences for the existence of democratic society which corruption causes.

Deputies of local councils will no longer vote in a conflict of interest

At the same time, the Supreme Court states that not only individual, who has certain conflict of interests is obligated to prevent it. It is also a direct responsibility of the permanent commission of local council and of every deputy of local council who is aware of conflict of interest that may appear (Ar. 47,59-1 of the Law of Ukraine on Local Self-Government).  Thus, the Supreme Court supports WikiInvestigation position on the voting of deputies in a conflict of interest. Public Detectives of WikiInvestigation conducted an all-Ukrainian investigation in which they indicated that groups of deputies have voted in favor of enterprises, where they have a conflict of interest in almost thirty cases local. As a result of this investigation, National Agency on Corruption Prevention have received 28 reports of corruption crimes. Currently all of them are investigated.