July 7th 2021 - Per section 55 of the Code of ethics and conduct of the Member of the National Assembly (hereinafter "the Code"), the Ethics Commissioner (hereinafter the “Commissioner”) published the summary of the disclosure of private interests for every Cabinet Minister for the year 2020.
Within 60 days of their appointment in this capacity and than on an annual basis, Cabinet Ministers must file with the Commissioner a disclosure statement of their private interests. This concerns their personal interests as well as those of their immediate family, namely their spouse and their dependent children. The disclosure includes information related to income, to immovable property, to notice of expropriation, to professional, commercial, or industrial activities and to interests in an enterprise. Cabinet Ministers must also provide additional information regarding their assets and liabilities.
The Code identifies which information in the declaration must be made public. The summary strikes a balance between respecting the privacy of elected officials and providing the transparency required to maintain the public’s confidence in them.