THE GOVERNMENT HAS SIMPLIFIED THE ENTRY-EXIT PROCEDURE FOR PERSONS AND TRANSPORTING OF GOODS THROUGH EECP ON THE CONTACT LINE FOR CITIZENS OF UKRAINE, FORCED TO LIVE IN THE TEMPORARILY OCCUPIED TERRITORY
The decision to amend the Procedure for entry/exit of persons, transporting goods from/to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts was taken during the regular meeting of the Government (Resolution No.815). Therefore, in the first place, the procedure for crossing the contact line for underage persons is simplified.
In particular, children will be able to cross the contact line, accompanied by parents and adoptive parents, the list of identifying documents is expanding (the birth certificate is attached with a temporary permit when applying for both internal and foreign passports).
In addition, a simplified procedure for transporting of goods across the contact line by individuals. The definition of «carry-on baggage» has been eliminated.
These changes are designed to establish the process of reintegration of temporarily occupied territories, in the centre of which there is a simple citizen of Ukraine, forced to live in the temporarily occupied territory of our state.
«Every day EECP is crossed by tens of thousands of people who are holding a Ukrainian passport in their hands, demand state services and state protection, count on the Ukrainian state. They are citizens of Ukraine. The fact that they still live in occupied, not liberated territory is also my problem. The task of our team is to bring the Ukrainian state closer to them, simplify access to public services, and demonstrate concern from the authorities. From this begins a very difficult path of reintegration of the occupied territories. And it will not end tomorrow», ‒ said Oksana Koliada, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.
She also thanked those public activists, experts who took part in the discussion of the Resolution and the Order.