The Cabinet of Ministers proposes the Verkhovna Rada to introduce licensing of production and sales of military equipment, weapons and ammunition. The corresponding bill was registered in the Parliament on 23 January. As noted by Samopomich MP, Yaroslav Markevych, if this bill is passed, fines in the amount from 17 to 85 000 hryvnias will be imposed on the volunteers for the repair of military equipment without a license.
“The Cabinet is introducing a strict control, state supervision and total licensing for the development, production and distribution of weapons in the country. They call it “state regulation of the strategically important industry”. However, beneath the nice paper of the military-industrial complex reforming there is no pleasant present wrapped,” says the MP.
According to Yaroslav Markevych, back in 2015, when a draft law on licensing was in the process of preparation, he introduced an amendment, which excluded a paragraph on development, production, sale, repair, modernization and disposal of weapons, military equipment, arms and ammunition from the law:
“Back then we eliminated the need to obtain a lot of unnecessary paperwork and undergo bureaucratic procedures, and the country’s defence sector only gained from this. Presently, the government is trying to create additional obstacles for the development of the military-industrial complex – a bill №5698 is supposed to bring back the licensing procedure for anyone who develops and repairs equipment for the army.”
Therefore, the people’s deputy and the Samopomich faction insist that we should not let the state concern “Ukroboronprom” monopolize the sphere of development, production and sale of weapons.
“Ukraine needs a healthy competitive environment of public and private companies in the field of defence. We cannot let licensing be renewed, because this is a step back in the development of the defence industry,” concludes Yaroslav Markevych.