Ukraine passes key bill required for visa-free travel to EU

The newly passed legislation establishes public oversight over the assets of high-ranking officials and their relative

Ukraine passes key bill required for visa-free travel to EU

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday approved a vital anti-corruption bill that Kiev hopes will open the way for visa-free travel to EU countries this year.

The legislation establishes public oversight over the assets of high-ranking officials and their relatives.

They now have to file electronic declarations of their income and holdings and face criminal liability for any inaccurate or falsified information.

The data will be available for public scrutiny online.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday vetoed an earlier version of the bill that pushed back the asset declarations until 2017.

"Parliament did everything for Ukrainians to travel to Europe without visas this year", Poroshenko tweeted after lawmakers passed the measure by an overwhelming 278-2 margin.

Ukraine's 2014 pro-EU revolution was driven in part by widespread discontent over the corruption that enriched senior officials of a succession of previous governments.

There was no immediate response to the Ukrainian parliament's vote from Brussels.

The former Soviet country had spent years negotiating a free travel agreement with the European Union.

But EU states had set a number of conditions on Kiev that included the adoptions of the so-called "electronic declarations" law.

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