Notary Chamber of Ukraine opposes abolition of minimum payment for services

The Notary Chamber of Ukraine has opposed the abolition of the Ukrainian president's decree dated July 10, 1998 on the regulation of charging fees for notarial acts, which will lead to the abolition of the minimum payment for notary services.

"The Notary Chamber of Ukraine supports the authorities' initiatives in the issues of deregulation and simplification of doing business, but it must be noted that notaries are not entrepreneurs and cannot do anything else other than their direct activities. We'd like to pay your attention to the fact that the cancellation of the presidential decree is possible only under the condition when a bill on this subject is developed," President of the Notary Chamber of Ukraine Volodymyr Marchenko said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine.

The matter concerns the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of November 23, 2016 on the abolition of the minimum payment for notarial services, set by the presidential decree at the level of 1%. Now another decree should be drafted to cancel that decree and signed by the president.

Vice President of the Notary Chamber of Ukraine Olha Onyschuk said such a decision could lead to the destruction of public notaries in Ukraine that will affect the lives of citizens, entail the reduction of jobs created by notaries, the growth of corruption risks in the field of registration of rights to immovable property.