THE RULES FOR CONTACT LINE CROSSING WILL BE RADICALLY SIMPLIFIED
Civil society has formed its requirements for Government Resolution No 815 and the Order of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs. The authorities are ready for implementation.
Over the past 2 weeks, active consultations have continued with representatives of civil society, expert circles and the government authorities of various departments on simplifying the procedure for crossing the contact line. All these nuances are outlined in the relevant Government Resolution No 815 and the Additional Order of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs. Prior to their implementation, the so-called Order No 39 is in force, which establishes a list of goods permitted for crossing of contact line. In new Resolution No 815, the very philosophy of the document is changed and the principle of «what is not prohibited is allowed» is implemented.
The Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine moderated this conversation, trying to put all interested parties at the same negotiating table. The dialogue turned out to be difficult and lengthy. Representatives of human rights organizations and organizations working in the interests of IDPs and residents of TOT insisted on a much more radical simplification of the rules for crossing and, in particular, today they propose to refuse from special passes.
The Projects of the Resolution No 815 and the relevant Order discussed today are more or less compromised and have passed a significant part of the discussion and approval. Despite the fact that the consultations and work on the documents have not been completed, there is a general understanding of the situation and hope for a successful resolution of all the main problems.
«The principle that the Ministry’s team was guided by while working on the Order and the Resolution is to simplify the lives of Ukrainian citizens who are forced to live in the temporarily occupied territory and ensure their constitutional rights», ‒ said the Advisor of the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Artem Salikhov. He also thanked everyone for participating in a joint partnership and working out a compromise solution.
Advisor of the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Serhii Sivokho, also took part in the event. According to him, the need to obtain travel permits, queues, a thorough search of belongings and selecting those that are not on the list of allowed ones - all this not only does not contribute to maintaining ties, but, on the contrary, distance our fellow citizens.
Representatives of a number of NGOs that work in this direction expressed their opinion. In particular, according to Tatiana Durneva, Executive Director of the NGO "Hrupa Vplyvu" (Group of Influence), the procedure for EECP crossing was determined in 2015, when the security situation required it, but now this system is more leading to the stimulation of corruption and an increase in the duration of EECP crossing, so it’s time to change it.
On July 17 of this year, the Government of Ukraine adopted Resolution No 815, which approved the new Procedure for crossing the contact line with the occupied territories of Donbas. The Resolution had to enter into force on October 29, 2019.
Due to the imperfection of the document and possible significant complications for citizens, the Ministry for Veterans Affairs initiated its deferring for a month, in order to work it out and make all the necessary changes regarding to the rules for crossing the contact line.
One of the important reasons for deferring of the new rules to come into force was the issue of crossing the contact line by children.