EECP AT THE BORDER WITH TEMPORARILY OCCUPIED TERRITORIES SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO A UNIFIED STANDARD
On the initiative of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, meetings were held with non-governmental organizations and state authorities, which in the course of their activities face the problem of crossing the entry/exit checkpoints by Ukrainian citizens in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson Oblasts.
During the meetings, they focused on the issue of ensuring the rights of citizens of Ukraine, who move through the EECP.
“Matter of establishing order, I would even say standardization of the EECP work is a matter of national security and prospects for reintegration of temporarily occupied territories. Provision of public and administrative services, lack of queues and a decent level of comfort in service areas - should be at each EECP. While crossing the contact line, citizens who are forced to live in the temporarily occupied territory should feel the level of guardianship of their state,” said Artem Salikhov, Advisor to the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
The agenda included the issue of the need to introduce general requirements and rules for the arrangement and operation of the existing EECPs. According to ArtemSalikhov, it is necessary to start working in this direction from the basic definition of the responsible executive body forEECP and the asset holders.
“The issues that we are considering today are primarily related to our task to ensure the full realization of the rights of citizens of Ukraine, who move through EECP in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson Oblasts. This can be done only if the legal status of the EECP is determined. It is necessary to clearly define one institution responsible for the status of EECP. This will ensure the proper organization of the operation of the EECP, which, accordingly, will create adequate conditions for both our citizens who move through it, and for our citizens who serve on these EECPs.
In particular, it is necessary to approve at the state level the standards for the arrangement of EECP, which have already been developed by the Ministry for Veterans Affairs,” said Serhii Mokreniuk, Head of the Department of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs.