"Retrofitting of both the
law enforcement and the judiciary requires substantial
support from the Government of Ukraine and all our Western partners.
This includes, first of all, changing attitude towards the
citizens of our country, ensuring their
security, keeping public order, maintaining peace within
the country," stressed Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on
Wednesday, February 10, at a
joint board meeting of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the
Justice Ministry of Ukraine entitled "From new police towards new justice
and citizenship security" on Wednesday, February 10.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk commended
the reform undertaken by the Ministry of the Interior: "The
new national police have been established.
Young people who had undergone testing
and training took up their duty of
protecting public order. These young Ukrainian
police officers safeguard security of the
He expressed gratitude to the European
Union, the United States of America, Canada and the UK for the significant
support for the reform of both the National Police
and the National Guard.
According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the
National Guard was actually established
from scratch. To follow the reform plan it is also necessary
further assistance of G7 and the European Union,
Arseniy Yatsenyuk highlighted.
In 2016 it is also crucial
to continue the reforms launched by the Justice Ministry:
"The Ministry of Justice has opened access to
all the registries, established
a mechanism of free legal aid for millions of Ukrainian citizens. Nowadays,
the Ministry of Justice presents
a reform, which can be called "from the Ministry of bureaucracy towards
the Ministry of Justice."
The Prime Minister also reminded
that the report of the European Commission proved that Ukraine had
fulfilled all requirements
to be granted a visa-free regime with the EU. At that,
he emphasized the need to amend a number of laws on
liberalization of visa regime: "The next plenary week
the Parliament should vote for extra
laws having drafted by the Government of Ukraine and submitted
to the President of Ukraine, so such laws should be
considered by the Parliament as top
Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that the State Migration
Service had already started
issuing biometric passports and new ID citizen cards, thereby having
"finally got rid of the old Soviet-style