EECPs HAVE TO BE AS COMFORTABLE AND FUNCTIONAL AS POSSIBLE
On Friday, the Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Ihor Yaremenko participated in the online presentation of the monitoring report "Crossing of administration border with Crimea through the EECP in March 2020". The key question of the event was "Whether Crimeans are satisfied with the conditions for crossing the administrative border with Crimea and the operation of service areas at EECP and Administrative Service Centres?"
The event was organized by the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in partnership with UHHRU, NGO "CRIMEA SOS" and the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
At the end of 2019, the renewed EECPs (entry/exit checkpoints) were launched at the administrative border of Kherson Oblast with the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. The main purpose of their reconstruction was to make the crossing of the administrative border as comfortable as possible and the possibility of receiving administrative services for citizens.
In March 2020, specialists of the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea together with representatives of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU), NGO "CRIMEA SOS" and the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine conducted monitoring visits to the administrative border with the temporarily occupied Crimea in order to assess the functioning of the Administrative Service Centre and service area at the EECP.
Deputy Minister Ihor Yaremenko in his speech during the online presentation emphasized that the Ministry for Reintegration pursues a human-centrism policy and outlined the steps that have been implemented in this context for the proper arrangement of EECP.
“We understand the challenges we face, because when a person gets from the temporarily occupied Crimea to the EECP, it is the first thing he/she sees. Our task is to create the most convenient, functional EECPs, so that person would feel that he/she is in his/her home country. A person should feel the minimum inconvenience when crossing,” emphasized Ihor Yaremenko.
He drew attention to the fact that a comprehensive approach and constructive cooperation between the Government, local governments, private enterprises and the public is important for successful completion of tasks.
“The Ministry for Reintegration intends to introduce a comprehensive approach to address the issue of proper arrangement of EECP and provision of services at the administrative border, and the basic model for it is EECP “Chonhar”, where we are working out all the mechanisms and then we will expand successful and improved practices to other EECPs,” said the Deputy Minister.
Moreover, he noted the priority of the issue both in Crimea temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, as well as in the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
During the presentation, Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Tamila Tasheva focused on the common issues of all EECPs - their funding, because the solution of other important issues related to the maintenance of territories, construction, repair works and the like depends on it.
“For us, the key is the protection of citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories, communication with these people, and we, on our side, try to meet their needs in obtaining administrative services,” said Tamila Tasheva.
Representative of UHHRU lawyer Viktor Vuika and the Head of the Kherson office of the NGO "CRIMEA SOS" Oleksii Tilnenko also participated in the event.
The issues of convenience in passing passport and customs control in the regime zone, the possibility of expanding the list of administrative and other social services for Ukrainian citizens living in TOT, establishing communication between EECP and the nearest settlements of Kherson Oblast by public transportation, and others were discussed during the online presentation.
Particular attention has been paid to the restrictive measures of EECPs crossing related to the introduction of quarantine to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19.
The video of the presentation can be viewed at the link.