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Bill on declaration of assets is generally acceptable despite shortcomings (responsible to INLUCC).

(TAP) -- The draft law on the declaration of assets, the fight against illicit enrichment and conflicts of interests in the public sector is generally acceptable, although it has some shortcomings, said Mohamed Ayadi, member of the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC).

During a workshop held in Tunis at the initiative of I Watch organisation on the draft law on the declaration of assets, the fight against illicit enrichment and conflicts of interest in the public sector, Ayadi said INLUCC recommends broadening the list of political figures concerned with the publication of the declaration of wealth, citing the Omda as an example. "They have prerogatives in their area of expertise, they can easily be in situations of conflict of interest or illegal enrichment," he said.

According to him, the bill must specify that anyone who contributes to the management of a public service must be concerned by the declaration of assets. This declaration must also include the list of property of the spouse and minor children.

According to Mohamed Ayadi, it is also appropriate to specify some terms contained in the bill as enrichment or conflict of interest and this, based on some legislations such as the code of conduct of the public official.

The INLUCC also recommends, according to Judge Mohamed Ayadi, to extend the renewal of the declaration of assets to 5 years instead of 3 years in order to lighten the costs of the case which receives thousands of files at the same time.

"Sanctions imposed on those who refuse to publish their wealth declarations must be more important to encourage people to abide by the law," he added.

According to the same source, reference should also be made to Act No. 87-17 of 10 April 1987, concerning the declaration on the honour of the property of members of the Government and certain categories of public officials which stipulates that any person who does not provide the declaration of assets in time will be removed from office.

"The exploitation of asset declarations published since 1987 can also be interesting to verify the veracity of the information provided," he said.

In turn, Intissar Arfaoui, legal adviser of I Watch organisation stressed that the examination of the bill on the declaration of assets, the fight against illicit enrichment and conflicts of interests in the public sector is today a priority, especially as the phenomenon of corruption continues to grow in the country.

The bill on the declaration of assets and the fight against the illicit enrichment and conflicts of interests in the public sector was adopted by a cabinet meeting held on September 27, 2017.

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