12:38 24.02.2015

Infrastructure minister believes liquidating Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority unnecessary

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Infrastructure minister believes liquidating Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority unnecessary

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Andriy Pyvovarsky does not believe it is necessary to liquidate the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority state enterprise as he assesses its operation as being positive.

"I think that today Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority is a good element of supervision. There are problems of distribution of funds which the authority collects and it should be settled, but as the tool of supervision it works well," the minister said after a briefing in Kyiv on Monday, when asked about the core of a related draft law registered in the parliament.

MP from Petro Poroshenko Block Andriy Vadatursky registered a draft law on amendments to the law on seaports of Ukraine, regarding increasing efficiency at seaports.

According to an explanatory note to the draft, it was drawn up to increase the efficiency of seaports and to ensure the observation of the law on seaports of Ukraine, on dividing the functions of maritime safety and supervision over maritime safety.

Vadatursky said that the authority was created in June 2013 due to the joining of the assets of 20 state enterprises, including 18 seaports; although he believes that the authority did not meet business' expectations and that the sector was not reformed.

According to the note, the indicators of the authority's profit are not reasonable for continuing its operation and there is evidence of the companies performing more poorly.

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