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The Jus­tice Min­istry tops the rank­ing of re­formist ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies, ac­cord­ing to the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters. It has ex­e­cuted 63 per­cent of the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion plan adopted on Dec. 11. The ecol­ogy and energy min­istries were at the bot­tom, only ful­fill­ing 4 per­cent and 14 per­cent of the ac­tion plan, re­spec­tively.

Dereg­u­la­tion of freight pro­cess­ing pro­ce­dures took ef­fect in the coun­try’s sea­ports on Sept. 8. The num­ber of ves­sel in­spec­tions has been re­duced and an elec­tronic sys­tem was in­tro­duced to sim­plify freight reg­is­tra­tion and cut the op­por­tu­ni­ties for cor­rupt of­fi­cials to ex­tort bribes.

The re­forms, ini­ti­ated by the In­fra­struc­ture Min­istry, are ex­pected to save the coun­try at least Hr 5 bil­lion yearly.

Par­lia­ment on Sept. 3 passed a trans­par­ent media own­er­ship bill that was rec­om­mended by the Coun­cil of Europe. The public can now link the own­er­ship of media with their ed­i­to­rial poli­cies. More­over, Rus­sian cit­i­zens are barred from own­ing online media out­lets in Ukraine.

Via the pas­sage of the law on e-com­merce, par­lia­ment has now en­sured that deals com­pleted elec­tron­i­cally have the same sta­tus as pa­per deals and pur­chase con­tracts.

Ac­cord­ing to changes that par­lia­ment made to the tax code on Sept. 3, three of Ukraine’s west­ern­most oblasts will now be able to chan­nel sur­plus funds from cus­toms rev­enues into much-needed road re­pairs and im­prove­ments. How­ever, the new fund­ing method will only kick in if Volyn, Odesa or Lviv oblasts man­age stamp out cus­toms cor- rup­tion and col­lect more funds than pro­jected in the bud­get.

The State Trea­sury of Ukraine has made in­for­ma­tion on en­force­ment of court de­ci­sions public. It can be ac­cessed at: http://www.trea­sury.gov. ua/main/uk/doc­search/list.

The Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters on Aug. 26 re­duced the num­ber of li­cens­ing bod­ies from 33 to 26.

Start­ing from Aug. 21, the State In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Ser­vice of Ukraine opened up online ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on trade­mark ap­pli­ca­tions, which will be up­dated on a daily ba­sis. This will al­low trade­mark own­ers to mon­i­tor ap­pli­ca­tions that might vi­o­late their in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, and to block their reg­is­tra­tion through ap­peal pro­ce­dures, ac­cord­ing to Alla Zhari­nova, the head of the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Ser­vice.


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