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Ukrainians pay through the nose for documents because of non-transparent prices for administrative services

Some administrative services in Ukraine are non-transparent and illegitimate, and at the same time, local budgets are scarce. Due to imperfect legislation citizens overpay not only for passports. 

The price for the passport of a citizen of Ukraine (ID-card) is non-transparent, because the law does not directly state the cost of administrative services for the production of this document, says Viktor Tymoshchuk, expert of the Public Administration Reform Team of the RPR Coalition, deputy chairman of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform.

As of July 1, the cost of producing a passport in Ukraine has increased by almost 25%.

In the EU member states, unlike in Ukraine, the cost of administrative services is clearly defined. Due to imperfect legislation, Ukrainians are forced to pay more not only for passports.

“Certificate of Good Conduct is issued free of charge in 30 days, but you will have to pay for it if you need it sooner. People who need such a certificate for the purpose of employment cannot wait for it for a month and are forced to pay money,” explained Tymoshchuk during a press conference Increasing the Cost of Passports: What Is Wrong With the Payment for Administrative Services in Ukraine?” organized by the CPLR on July 2.

Another non-transparent administrative service is the so-called “marriage in day”.

“Marriage in a day” is in fact illegal and governed exclusively by by-laws, and since the law provides for 30 days for the registration of marriages – no by-laws can reduce this term,” emphasized Viktor Tymoshchuk.

Prices for “marriage in a day” start from 5,100 UAH, while the local budget receives a mere 0.8 UAH from this amount, added the expert.

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