ISSUES OF FRONTLINE AREAS SHOULD BE RESOLVED AT THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL LEVEL, - OKSANA KOLIADA ON THE OUTCOME OF VISIT TO LUHANSK OBLAST
The work and infrastructure of EECPs and the issues of transporting goods through them, the need to encourage young persons from temporarily occupied territories to enter Ukrainian educational institutions, the provision of medical services in the frontline areas in the East of Ukraine ‒ these and other issues were raised by Minister Oksana Koliada during working visit to Luhansk Oblast
Oksana Koliada, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine:
«The main goal of the Ministry regarding activities on temporarily occupied territories is the reintegration of the population in the Ukrainian legal and cultural space. A difficult phrase, but the process is even more complicated. We always understood this, and after a trip to Luhansk Oblast we only became more convinced. The level of problems: from toilets on EECPs - to a radical reform of the medical support system, from the placement of information boards in crowded places - to the establishment of adequate, and most importantly, effective information channels».
During the visit, Oksana Koliada met with employees of the regional department of the Ministry and, as a result of communication, agreed to the need to involve a representative of the department in the activities of the Regional Military-Civil Administration of Luhansk Oblast to resolve current issues. And with appropriate letter addressed the Chairman of the Head of Oblast.
After talking with people who crossed the EECPs, improvement in its infrastructure and activities over the past few months was noticed, in particular, a significant reduction of lines. At the same time, the Minister noted that the operation Order by MTOT, which established the list of goods allowed for transportation, significantly complicates the lives of citizens.
«Our team has already put in the work realization of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers that will radically change the ideology of the rules for crossing the EECPs. We will do everything possible in the near future to go through all the necessary procedures for approving the list of prohibited goods, but not allowed», ‒ said Oksana Koliada.
Also, during the working visit, the Minister noted that one of the priorities of her department is working with youth. For example, the problem of the lack of a register database on children born between 2001 and 2008 is a new challenge that the Ministry needs to work with.
«The main task is to simplify as much as possible access to Ukrainian educational institutions for children from temporarily occupied territories. And there is an explanation for this: we need to fill out the higher education institutions in the frontline area. For example, there is a shortage of students in Luhansk State Medical University right now. But medical facilities in Luhansk Oblast are catastrophically understaffed. Andincentive programs should be put here», ‒ noted Minister Oksana Koliada.