The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopts a decision to
immediately establish a working group to hand over a number of customs to manage
by a British company, which has considerable experience in managing the customs
in Europe, informed Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government
meeting on Wednesday, July 22.
He noted that the day before he had had a meeting with the
leadership of this company.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the Government is considering
transferring the management, in particular, of Zakarpattia,
Lviv, Volyn and Chernivtsi customs: "They should come under control of
an independent and professional company, and order should be introduced in these
customs: the first thing is the fight against smuggling, enlarging customs revenues
and increasing institutional capacity of the customs service".
"We consider the transfer of control over these customs
in the shortest possible time. The Chairman of the State Fiscal Service has
received relevant instructions. We stand together with the Minister of Finance in
this issue", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
According to the Head of the Government, these pilot customs
will enable, notably, to train new Ukrainian customs officers, "to ensure the
entire system of the customs service, which still remains corrupt, post-Soviet
and, unfortunately, does not perform its primary function which is collecting
revenue, transparency and fairness in customs clearance, to be reformed as fast