To ensure the
implementation of the visa liberalization action plan with the European Union
Ukraine joined INTERPOL databases. From now on persons who are included in the INTERPOL
databases won’t be able to cross the state border of Ukraine and will be
detained by Ukrainian border guards. This was announced by Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk during his visit of the State Border Service of
Ukraine at the Boryspil checkpoint of the state
border of Ukraine on Thursday, August 20.
The Premier got familiarized
with the functioning of INTERPOL databases, the networks of the State Border
Service operating in the first and second border control line are connected to.
He noted that in the
framework of execution of measures on visa regime liberalization Ukraine should
do "a lot of technical work to provide Ukrainian citizens with the right
to travel free to the member countries of the European Union, to the Schengen area". "So, what is happening at Boryspil airport today is one of the core technical
conditions required from Ukraine to advance in the issue of visa liberalization",
said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
According to the Head
of the Government, to have an access to the INTERPOL databases to check
passports of those crossing the Ukrainian state border was among principal
requirements of our European partners: "To control travel of wanted persons".
the first time in 20 years, we have got access directly to INTERPOL databases.
And now any person subject to request for international police is checked by the
State Border Service of Ukraine - information is obtained from the INTERPOL databases.
If such a person is in the international search, he is subject to a second line
check and appropriate procedural steps".
On August 24 Ukraine drop
the CIS criminal search database system, because Moscow hadn’t not fulfilled any
procedural orders. "And our connection to INTERPOL databases means that we
have now become part of a single Criminal Information System", stressed
the Head of Government.
Moreover, he noted
that time required for citizens of the Ukrainian state border to cross border was
significantly cut: "We started when two years ago to cross the state
border it took at least two minutes. Given new technical opportunities of the
State Border Service and the introduction of the non-contact authentication method,
when the passport is checked by an electronic system, the guard immediately
receives appropriate data, so this time is reduced from 2 minutes to a minimum
of 10 seconds".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk personally
checked the work of the automated system for verification of documents. It took
a few seconds to scan the passport and have passport control.