Among the priorities of newly appointed Cabinet Ministers are
the tasks to ensure transparent operation of the customs,
and the overcoming of the arbitrariness of controlling authorities towards entrepreneurs,
thus enabling to ease pressure of the authorities on citizens. This was announced
by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the meeting of the
National Reform Council on Tuesday, April 19.
In particular, according to the Head of Government, it is vital
to secure the transparency in operation of the Ukrainian customs. "The SFS
have shadow flows in the customs that should be transferred to the Central budget
but they aren’t. This is a challenge for all of us - to put things in order in this
sector, to ensure every copeck accounted and the customs
completely transparent," said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister stressed that it is unacceptable to carry
out certain procedures in manual mode at the customs. "Manual operating is
real abuse that is used by customs officials to take a bribe", he noted.
The Head of Government thanked the President for his
principled stance and support in this issue. There is also a commitment of the
State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and support of the Parliament regarding reforming
of this sector, he said.
"We will quickly introduce order there and will upgrade
the operation of the customs so that people could clearly understand the transfer
of goods, their customs value, how to tackle smuggling, how to solve an issue
of underpayments. Everyone will have an opportunity to realize himself in deeds
but not just in words, hence we are going to address this issue now", emphasized
Another inadmissible thing is pressure on businesses by
regulatory authorities, stressed the Prime Minister. The Government will suppress
any attempts of such abuse. According to him, if representatives of public
authorities prolong to terrorize enterprises, "we will suppress it
immediately". Volodymyr Groysman noted that he would invite them personally
to a Government meeting, "and let the whole country see the faces of those
who bully domestic producers, those creating new jobs and paying taxes," he
The Prime Minister stressed that Ukraine must ensure
favourable environment for doing business.
Ministers are well aware about it. I think that after some time everyone will manage
to prove his effectiveness at his particular post and to remove all barriers
that enable authorities making pressure on the people. This is our main task. I
think we will be able to find proper answers to these questions very quickly",