E-licenses: BRDO experts work with the Government to create a Unified State Electronic System of Permits

Ukraine intends to introduce electronic licenses and permits. For this purpose, it is planned to create a Unified State Electronic System of Permits. The Control and Supervision sector experts from BRDO, together with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, and other bodies, are drafting the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the project implementation.

At the first stage, the pilot project will include digitization of the most popular top 10 licenses, particularly for mediation activities and employment abroad, in the field of preschool education, veterinary and medical practice, and retail trade-in alcoholic beverages (except table wines), tobacco, and fuel.

“We defined this list of permits using specific criteria: the frequency of obtaining licenses, the number of business entities requiring them, as well as the lack of an electronic application form. Thanks to the electronic system, entrepreneurs will be able to save a lot of time and, consequently, financial resources,” Hanna Bashnyak, Control and Supervision Sector head at BRDO, explained.

According to her, today, the lack of an electronic system of permits leads to significant business difficulties. For example, to keep their tax licenses valid, entrepreneurs need to personally visit STS (State Tax Service) offices, pay for licenses and receive a stamp on the back of their paper licenses. Still, they were not able to do so during the spring lockdown. The new system will provide the option to pay online.

The electronic system will cover a full cycle of license administration: providing administrative services in licensing (issuance, suspension, renewal and cancellation of licenses, etc.), submitting reports on compliance with licensing conditions, complaints about licensing authorities, obtaining information on inspections, generating license cases, and so on.

Moreover, the e-system of permits will allow implementing the following principle established by the Law of Ukraine “On Administrative Services”: entrepreneurs will not be required to provide documents or information, which the agencies involved in the provision of administrative services or related public authorities, local self-government bodies, enterprises, institutions or organizations already have.

We thank the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Digital Transformation for active cooperation in launching e-licenses in Ukraine and hope for significant achievements in 2021!