14:18 15.11.2017

MPs support openness of archives for society

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Ukrainian MPs have stated that the archives are closed for the society and declared their readiness to legislatively improve the situation in this area.

"Archives are something that a fairly limited number of people have access to... Obviously, the archives provide answers to the most painful questions. Those who own the archives own the right to historical memory, including historical myth and political reality. Therefore, archives are an extremely important issue that is obviously underestimated," Viktor Siumar, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy (People's Front faction), said at an international conference "Access to archives as part of the right to information" in Kyiv on Wednesday.

She said that archives should be digitized and open-access networks created.

Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Culture and Spirituality Viktor Yelensky (People's Front faction), in turn, expressed his readiness for legislative work on improving the situation in the archives sphere.

"We very well see the problems in this area, including personnel and institutional ones, and we are ready to contribute legally to all processes that will be aimed at improving the situation," he added.

He also noted that he would like the Ukrainian archives to be closer to the best European practices in this field.

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