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3de3, a citizens' initiative. 3de3, a citizens' initiative.

Initiative calls for full financial disclosure

Proposal calls for legislation requiring public servants to disclose financial data

A group of social organizations and individual citizens plans to present an initiative that would make it mandatory for all public servants to disclose and make public their personal financial information.

“Mexicans are tired of corruption, but asking politicians to solve the issue is like asking a soccer player to referee the game. The solution has to come from the people,” explain proponents on their website, ley3de3.mx.

For the proposal to be accepted and discussed by Congress as citizen-created legislation, it must be backed by 120,000 signatures.

The people behind the proposal believe that Congress has taken too long discussing the secondary laws flowing from the national anti-corruption legislation, approved last May.

The 3de3 law would be one of the two secondary laws under discussion, and offers a code that defines the expected behavior of public servants and what would be considered acts of corruption.

Until now, 3de3 has been a voluntary action that has been endorsed by several public and elected officials, but social organizations want it to become a mandatory condition for all staff in the three levels of government –federal, state and municipal.

If the proposal becomes law, public officials will have to publicly and periodically disclose their personal financial data. It will also offer a safe and anonymous way for people to report acts of corruption.

The initiative also seeks to determine minimum integrity standards for companies, defining the scope of their responsibility if involved in corruption activities.

In order to gather the necessary signatures, organizers have made the support form publicly available through the website.

Backers of the proposal include representatives of Transparencia Mexicana, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics), Causa en Común, México Evalúa and others.

The name 3de3, or 3of3, stems from the call made last year to politicians to submit information under three headings: personal assets, financial interests and tax information. They were invited to do so at the website 3d3.mx, which was spearheaded by the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, or the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (Imco) and Transparencia Mexicana.

It wasn’t a huge success: fewer than one-quarter responded.

The new initiative’s website says it seeks to transform public outrage over corruption into a constructive effort at forging more honest government.

The citizens’ initiative process itself is a product of the wide-ranging and sweeping reforms introduced by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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