President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohylev to discuss reforming the Ministry, presidential press office reported.

The President stressed that there are many complaints coming from the citizens about the work of police. He said that the problems, both old and new, must be adressed.

"Everyone wants above all to feel secure. I mean both physical protection of the lives of our compatriots, and, of course, the protection of freedoms and rights of Ukrainian citizens,” he said.

The President also noted that he, of course, knows about the measures taken by law enforcement authorities in combating crime, and that in this tough fight there are cases of police officers killed on duty.

A separate topic of conversation was the fight against corruption and bribery in police.

At the meeting the President of Ukraine also drew Interior Minister’s attention to the question of protection of journalists' rights. "The cases that were in our country cannot fail to alarm," he said. He stressed that he follows closely every investigation of facts of journalists' rights violation and that he expects the Interior Minister to provide information on this issue.

The President stressed that journalists in Ukraine should be created all the conditions to carry out their professional duty.

From his part, Anatoliy Mohylev noted that reforms in the Ministry are long overdue and very necessary. In particular, he said, the management personnel of the Ministry "is too bloated”. He informed that it has already been reduced by 15%, and that this work continues. By the end of the year, he said, the management personnel will be reduced by 50%.

The President said that in parallel with the reforms in the Ministry and optimization of its personnel policy he expects the Ministry to "develop modern mechanisms of motivating policemen and improving their social protection”.

President Yanukovych also expects the Interior Ministry to propose the concept of reform, which would cover the system of law enforcement authorities in general.

Minister Mohylev said the agency is already studying the experience of such reforms in other countries, including Russia and Georgia. He assured the President that the concept of reforms in the Ministry would be developed by fall this year as the Head of State requests it.


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