On Monday, October 20, the Ukraine's Parliament
has passed a law ensuring the
legal basis for the determination of the
status of internally displaced persons and
their legal guarantees in the new place of
residence, determining temporary accommodation, payment of social
commitments and providing appropriate
assistance to internally displaced persons.
Discussing the bill, Prime Minister
of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has
reminded that the Government introduced the
procedure of registration of internally displaced persons:
"Now such a person comes to the Social
Protection Department, receives a certificate and,
according to this document, gets all social
The Government has also decided to
create the single state register of internally displaced persons. The
adoption by the Parliament of this bill is
necessary so as to regulate the
operation of this register.
The Prime Minister said that the
personal data of internally displaced persons containing
in the register "will be used in order to enable a
person to get a job, salary, pension
as well as temporary accommodation."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk has also
recalled that the Cabinet of Ministers approved
the introduction of payments for internally displaced persons: "Per family - up
to UAH 2,400 per month, for a disabled
person - UAH 884, for an
able-bodied one - half
He has particularly
emphasized that payments to internally displaced
people would be implemented only
if they are registered at the employment
According to the Prime Minister, now 420,000
people have been registered as internally displaced persons, the amount of benefits for
six months will equal UAH 2 billion. In
this case, after the decision of the Government to provide additional benefits, there is an
increase in the
rate of registration:
week – for three days plus 6%."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the MPs to support the draft law “with a
clear indication that the volumes of funding is provided and determined by the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine”, “We will pay now what we can pay".
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister reminded that the Government had allocated
UAH 25 million as the first tranche to cover expenses for lodging in the
resorts by the IDPs from the Crimea and Donbas.
The Prime Minister stressed that approval of this bill would enable
receiving of donor funds from our western partners to support the internally
displaced persons, "This will give an opportunity for the European Union,
the United Nations, G7 countries to provide additional financial resources to
assist the internally displaced persons".
While the discussion of the bill Arseniy Yatseniuk stressed, "If the
law is not backed, the rights of internally displaced persons have been secured
by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. All the three resolution have been
approved. The Government officially declares: the rights of internally
displaced persons are protected by the decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers of
Ukraine on registration of internally displaced persons, reimbursement, employment
and social status".
According to Arseniy Yatseniuk, the bill provides an opportunity “to
legalize the status of internally displaced persons".
In the latest development, the Parliament has failed to adopt the draft
amendments to the Law of Ukraine On employment (No. 2770), which stipulated for
financing of public works from the employment fund. Before the discussion of
the bill Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged, "Now people are suffering from
unemployment. We are asking to make changes into the relevant law and to
provide for an opportunity to finance community service from the employment
fund, including participation in the Wall or the European Rampart project,
rehabilitation of infrastructure Donetsk and Luhansk".
According to the Head of the Government, the bill would have afforded to
employ another 45 thousand people.
One more document, not voted for by the Verkhovna Rada, has been the draft
amendments to the law on vacations, which contained that employee who has been
forced to relocate, shall have the right to have such period of temporary
absence from work included into the seniority in order to assign salary rates.