In December the EU mission will provide the final report on
a free visa regime: "I hope this report will be positive, and a decision
to grant a free visa regime to Ukraine will not have a political component, but
only a technical component", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk on Friday, September 4, following the meeting with the technical
mission of the European Union on visa liberalization with Ukraine.
The Head of Government noted that recommendations are to be
officially announced by the EU mission in a month: "This was the final
mission this year, and therefore their report and recommendations are essential
for Ukraine to be granted a visa-free regime".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that the mission had considered
three blocks of issues, among which is document security.
The Prime Minister noted a substantial progress, and even real improvements in
the aforesaid block.
According to him, the main objective is to ensure issuing of
new ID cards instead of passports from January 1 of next year. For this purpose
the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine envisages relevant funds in the draft State
Budget of Ukraine to provide the citizens of Ukraine with new ID cards.
The second issue is border security, emphasized Arseniy
Yatsenyuk: "I was pleasantly surprised with the comments aired by
representatives of the European Union regarding control over the border and
enhanced coordination in border security sector. The Ministry of Internal
Affairs, the State Border Service demonstrated significant progress and
dramatic changes in the state of matters regarding border security".
He added to maintain proper border security today is a
crucial issue and a challenge for the entire European Union, primarily through
the situation with migration: "Hence, the fact that the mission of the
European Union highly assessed the developments in border security sector is
According to the Head of the Government, the EU Assessment Mission noted that by the
end of year it proves necessary to strengthen coordination on the border
between all security and law enforcement agencies - between the Security
Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Border Service, the State
Fiscal Service and other relevant agencies.
The third block of tasks the technical mission of the
European Union paid peculiar attention to was an anti-corruption policy,
stressed the Head of Government: "The Mission commended the adoption of
both laws on the introduction of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and a
directive of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine regarding the change of staff
of the Commission to establish the National Agency for the Prevention of
"The Government has decided that the Commission must be
honest and transparent. So, we have changed our representatives in the
Competition Commission and agreed to have another voting procedure for all
members of the Commission. Such a voting procedure is ensured by the
Government, but exceptionally non-governmental organizations participate in
that. This means that we will have a fully independent Commission on election
of the National Anti-Corruption Agency members. The mission of the European
Union has adopted this decision as a very important and highly appreciated
it," highlighted Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
However, the Prime Minister stressed that "an issue of
appointment of members to elect anti-corruption prosecutors raises concern of
the European Union: “In the process of my communication with our European
partners, this was the main task that needs an urgent action".
"The criterion set by our European partners is as
follows: members of the Commission to elect anti-corruption prosecutors cannot
be politicians, persons who are politically biased or those subjected to
certain political influence or pressure. This applies to both members of the
commission from the Parliament and members of the Commission who are appointed
by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine", explained Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Prime Minister appealed to the MPs with a request in
short time to make proposals regarding the appointment from the Verkhovna Rada
of Ukraine members of the Commission on the election of the anti-corruption
prosecutor: "The core criterion is impartiality, the absence of political
component, professionalism. It can be scholars, former judges, civil society members - people who have good reputation. It
should only be those people who are trusted by society."
According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the mission noted certain
progress in the work of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, in the process of
selection applicants to be cops, their training: "They (the technical EU
mission - ed.) consider that the implementation of legislation on combating
corruption corresponds to high standards and objectively it should be
"In December the EU mission will provide the final
report. I hope this report will be positive, and a decision to grant a free
visa regime to Ukraine will not have a political component, but only a
technical component. Naturally, a political component is present in each
country. Especially, given the migration crisis which has now emerged in the
European Union, this issue should be viewed from another angle. But we
implement all the technical terms, and each week I, as the Prime Minister,
summon a coordination meeting with the entire leadership of the Government and
responsible agencies to ensure that Ukraine could achieve a visa-free
regime", summed up Arseniy Yatsenyuk.