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Sovereign social protection for ATO participants

Sovereign social protection for ATO participants

The extended session of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Affairs of Veterans, Combatants, ATO Participants, and Disabled People dated 15 November 2017.

On 15 November 2017 an extended session of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Affairs of Veterans, Combatants, ATO Participants, and Disabled People took place, during which the following issue was considered: “On implementing the recommendations given during the parliamentary hearing re “Sovereign social protection for participants of Anti-Terrorist Operation, Dignity Revolution and members of their families: status and perspectives”, that took place on 18 October 2016.

Over 100 persons attended the meeting, including officials who are in charge to follow-up the recommendations, as well as representatives of social organizations of ATO participants.

The results of performance assessments are totally different. Responsible ministries and institutions reported that they had implemented most of 43 recommendations that were given during the parliamentary hearing. Public activists objected to the report backing up by the facts. Having analyzed the situation, the Committee arrived at the conclusion that only a smaller part of the recommendations had been fully or partially implemented.

In particular, it relates to the following issues: no actions have been taken to establish integrated procedure of informing ATO participants of their rights and social protection; disability information about ATO participants is not being entered in the Unified Register of ATO Participants; no simplified procedure have been established for ATO participants to file documents to obtain the relevant status, i.e. to set exchange of information between respective authorities; no actions have been taken to construct a National Military Memorial Cemetery; no budget-funded scheme for neurorehabilitation of ATO participants; no program was elaborated to diagnose and treat infectious diseases for former or current ATO participants; no actions have been taken to establish national centre of psychological recovery; no actions have been taken to allocate additional funds to upgrade military hospitals and rehabilitation centres, and purchase advanced facilities and equipment; local authorities failed to approve locality zoning plans or detailed land plans, etc.

“The discussion was hot, but it seems the conclusions are obvious for everybody. More than 20 government authorities are involved in activities related to granting allowances or other state guarantees to veterans, including ATO participants, which results in collective irresponsibility. Once again we saw the need to establish a single government authority that will take on proper social protection of Ukrainian veterans. We will address the Prime-Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, for him to take personal control over full implementation of recommendations articulated during the hearing. We ourselves shall control the process as well”, concluded Oleksandr Tretiakov, the Head of the Committee.