To solve several pressing problems in the anti-corruption sector in the summer of 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine «On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine on strengthening transparency in property relations to prevent corruption» which entered into force on 6 October 2015. The law provides for the opening of State property registers, as well as access to information on the owners of registered vehicles, real property and land parcels from the State land cadastre.
The law has been in operation for almost a year, over a while, information on the property of officials has become public, which has made it much easier to detect signs of corruption, illicit enrichment, or attempts by officials to conceal property.
However, several problems remain in the operation of the Unified State Register of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Land Cadastre, and the State Register of Real Property Rights. In particular, these databases contain incomplete information on assets, as a large part of the documents is still not advertised, and records on transport registered before 2012 are not entered. There are problems in finding information and identifying the persons who own the property.
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