The head of the State Customs Service, Maxim Nefedov, said that as part of the reform of the department, five hundred “odious customs officers” would be fired. He told about it on air of "Ukrainian radio".
“With the official launch of the new State Customs Service, more than 500 of the most odious customs officers will not be transferred to the new structure and will be dismissed. This means that in many regions we will be able to decapitate the schemes right now, ”said the head of customs.
According to Nefedov, this is necessary to overcome corruption.
He added that tenders for filling posts in customs will start on December 1.
“But the next step is very important - we need to replace the fired employees with professional and honest people. Because otherwise, everything will quiet down for two or three months, after that someone will organize the same story there ... Please believe us that now it is possible and necessary to work honestly. Go and let the best win, ”he said.
“Starting next year, we will begin the program to raise the salary of customs officers, so go ahead,” Nefedov added.
The head of the customs service added that in early December 16 regional customs, based on 26 existing units, should earn.
Recall that the Cabinet of Ministers in December 2018 decided to reorganize the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine by dividing it into state tax and customs services. Following a competitive selection of the head of the tax service, the Cabinet of Ministers on May 8 appointed Sergey Verlanov, formerly Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine, as its head, and Maxim Nefedov, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, as the head of the State Customs Service on July 5.
On July 16, the new state customs service received registration as a legal entity in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Individual Entrepreneurs and Non-Governmental Organizations.
In August, the government delegated the authority and the function of administering taxes from the Fiscal Service to the State Tax Service, thereby starting the work of the new department. The launch of the State Customs Service is ongoing.