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The Business Ombudsman Council provides recommendations to state bodies on the basis of individual cases and in accordance with published systemic reports. Here we have collected information on the implementation status of systemic recommendations only.

Report name
Issued recommendations
Execution status

Systemic report "problems with cross-border trading in Ukraine"

To draft and adopt the new edition of the Law “On Foreign Economic Activities” to reflect modern trade regulation trends and WTO commitments, and to cover all necessary provisions of EU acquis communautaire, in particular: To bring the law fully in line with WTO agreements and EU requirements, which should increase access to global markets: (a) simplifying formalities and procedures; (b) harmonizing applicable laws and regulations; (c) applying international agreements; and, (d) making a commitment to regulatory cooperation. To change the regulations for foreign trade, export/import licenses and protection measures in accordance with WTO rules and regulations. For instance, licenses should be required only for the import or export of goods that effect public security, the life and health of individuals, animals and plants and so on, in accordance with the definitions used by the EU. Based on stakeholder consultations, to reduce (a) the number of cross-border trade operations subject to licensing and (b) the number of commodity groups subject to restrictions or limitations as to export or import. To implement methods for export-import quota administration according to best practices and WTO recommendations: First-Come, First-Served; Auction Quota Rights; Give Away Quota Rights.

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine

Implemented
— comments: The licensing of export, import of goods, which is carried out in accordance with Article 16 of the Law of Ukraine "On Foreign Economic Activity", complies with the WTO norms, in particular, the Agreement on Import Licensing (WTO), is regulated by Articles 8, 11-14, 20-21 GATT 1994.
To repeal CMU Resolution No.724 dated 16 September 2015, by which the State Customs is empowered to apply indicative benchmarks to import customs value arbitrarily.

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Implemented
— comments: The CMU Resolution No.724 dated 16 September 2015, was declared invalid by the CMU Resolution No.686 dated 5 October 2016.

Systemic report "Problems for businesses as a result of the military situation in the east of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea"

To fulfil all financial commitments to businesses whose employees were mobilized for a “specified term” of the ATO by compensating them the average salary of such employees for the entire period starting from 27 March 2014, when Law No.1169-VII was adopted.

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Implemented
— comments: The CMU by its Resolution No.911 dated 4 November 2015 improved the procedure of payment a compensation to enterprises, institutions, organizations within an average salary of employees that were mobilized for a “specific term” of ATO.
To institute targeted payments to mobilized employees by: setting up a single register to track budget payments to employees mobilized for a specified term;- establishing electronic exchange of information among he State Fiscal Service, the Pension Fund, the Ministry of Social Policy and the Ministry of Defence; working on the issue of organizing a bank account set-up for such payments.

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Implemented

To revise the criteria used as a basis for including a commercial entity on a given list. Some of the criteria presented in the Procedure for being entered into the list and the priority for reviewing such applications leave room for corruption because of the possibility of variously assessing how well the entrepreneur meets the criteria. In particular, the Procedure should clearly state: - what state agency’s assessment regarding the applicants lack of links to terrorist activity is necessary and sufficient to be included in the list; - clear, quantitative parameters for determining an organization’s social and export orientation.

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Implemented

To get the state agencies that coordinate the process of crossing the border — SBU, MIA and SFS — to establish the timeframes and procedure for getting approvals from line ministries for special permits: a list of documents needed, timeframes, a clear series of steps the business entity must take in order to receive special permits and transport goods (freight) across the line of contact. This requires a specific list of line ministries that approve and issue such special permits.

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Implemented
— comments: The CMU issued the Resolution "On Approval of the Procedure for transportation of goods to the area or from the area of Anti-Terrorist Operation" No.99 dated 1 March 2017 ("Resolution No.99"). The Resolution No.99 settled issues of documents that are necessary for the enterprises to include them into the relevant list of enterprises, which carrying out the transportation of goods, as well as timeframes of consideration of such documents.
To improve the current system of issuing permits for transporting goods (freight) using a “one-stop-shop” approach, where the responsible state agencies can review the necessary information using available registers from various agencies, thus both saving time and reducing the risks of corruption connected with the issuing of such permits

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Implemented