This was stated by Oleksandr Korniienko, the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, during a roundtable discussion on “Legislative Regulation of the Issues of Setting Fees for Administrative Services and Streamlining the Mechanisms for Determining the Amount of Administrative Fees” organised by the Committee on State Building, Local Self-Government, Regional Development and Urban Planning.

The main issue of the meeting was a broad discussion of the draft Law of Ukraine “On Administrative Fees” (Reg. No. 4380), submitted by members of the Committee and other members of the Ukrainian Parliament, as well as a discussion of problematic issues of the current mechanism for setting fees for the provision of administrative services and determining their amount, discussion of international experience in the formation of the cost of administrative services and setting the amount of administrative fees.

In his welcoming remarks, the First Vice Speaker noted that the approach to setting fees for administrative services, which is proposed by Draft Law No. 4380, should definitely be changed.

“We have to take into account all the nuances of the popularity and importance of certain services. For example, services related to residence registration are still in demand by many people. So, we definitely need to move this issue towards a logical and effective solution. I will personally support this micro-reform,” said Oleksandr Korniienko.

At the same time, he stressed that the state’s task is to restore fairness in the process of setting fees for administrative services and streamlining the mechanisms for determining the amount of administrative fees. In this regard, the comments of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption will be of great importance for the sake of the most effective changes.

“In today’s challenging economic situation, we have to find balances and compromises on topics that are particularly sensitive to people. Therefore, we must take into account the NACP’s comments. Then all questions about the reform being corrupt will disappear. Let’s get ready for fruitful work!” the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine called at the end of his speech.

Also invited to participate in the roundtable were members of the Parliament of Ukraine – the members of the Committee on State Building, Local Self-Government, Regional Development and Urban Planning – the Committee Chair Olena Shuliak, the Deputy Chair Roman Lozynskyi, Subcommittee Chair Larysa Bilozir and Vitalii Bezhin, the Committee member Dmytro Mykysha, as well as representatives of government agencies, domestic and international organisations, institutions, local governments and their leading associations, and the public.

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