Political Points of the CPLR for 1–8 October

The State Migration Service shows no desire to resolve the problems in the passport area.

1. CPLR expert opinion

On July 14, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law “On amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine regarding documents certifying the citizenship of Ukraine, identifying a person or his/her special status aimed at liberalisation of the European Union visa regime for Ukraine” No. 1474-VIII. The Centre of Policy and Legal Reforms (CPLR) has repeatedly expressed concerns about a number of provisions of this legislative act even before its adoption. The monitoring of its implementation confirmed our projections.

Among the painful problems of the above-mentioned law, the following should be mentioned:

1. Passport fees (both domestic and foreign) are non-transparent. They are represented by several payments, which are determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and by the monopolist – polygraph company “Ukraine”. That is, the amount of fee for passport documents is non-transparent and can be changed quickly “manually”. In addition, this factor facilitates the collection of illegal payments, as by the State Enterprise (SE) “Document”.

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