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Akimova: Yanukovych suggests parliament pass bill on administrative services

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Nov. 14, 2011, 4:49 p.m. | Business — by Interfax-Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych has proposed to create centers for rendering administrative services where Ukrainians can receive all of the necessary documents.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has proposed to create centers for rendering administrative services where Ukrainians can receive all of the necessary documents. "The president has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on administrative services," First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Iryna Akimova said during a briefing in Kyiv on Nov. 11.

According to Akimova, the document proposes to create special centers for rendering administrative services.

"For comfort, more transparency and the abatement of corruption in this sphere, it [the draft law] suggests forming an important institutional mechanism named the center for rendering administrative services. This would be a 'single eye' similar to licensing centers," Akimova said.

According to the official, the president's bill envisages "framework terms" for providing administrative services.

In particular, the document regulates the introduction of new additional administrative services and stipulates the number of such services.

In addition, the document regulates the level of fees for administrative services, proposing to unify fees and equalize them in all regions of Ukraine.

The draft law also stipulates the maximum obligatory timeframes for the fulfillment of administrative services.

The bill also suggests prohibiting delegation of powers for providing administrative services to state enterprises and requires that only administrative agencies fulfill them.

According to Akimova, in particular, the draft law proposes to introduce a single fee for receiving administrative services.

The fee will include the costs of all necessary procedures and services for issuing a document.

Under the draft law, the fee for administrative services should not exceed their prime cost, as determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Akimova also said that the president's bill proposes to determine a maximum term of 30 days for providing an administrative service.

An exception could be made for boards that approve decisions during sittings. Boards are obliged to make decisions not later than their first sitting.

At the same time, under the bill, administrative service can be provided urgently at a higher fee.

It is also suggested to equalize fees for administrative services in various regions.

The document also proposes to make administrators liable for any violations of the current legislation.

Akimova stressed that all payments for administrative services will be transferred to the national budget.

She also said that the document could become "a considerable step forward" in the fight against corruption.

According to Akimova, the adoption of the draft law could noticeably enhance the quality of services, regulate their cost and set a single price.

The bill also suggests providing the possibility of rendering necessary administrative services online.

Akimova stressed that the president expects that the parliament will consider the document as soon as possible.

"It is possible to consider this draft law by the New Year," she said.

Akimova added that the bill has been discussed with MPs and should find support in the Verkhovna Rada.
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