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Registration of print media and information agencies

Print media (press) (hereinafter referred to in the present part – mass media) are periodicals and such issues, which are prolonged, issues, which are published under the constant name with the periodicity of one and more publications (issues) during a year on the basis of the certificate about the state registration.

Thus, according to part 2 of article 11 of the Law of Ukraine “On print media (press) in Ukraine” the state registration should cover all the print media, issued on the territory of Ukraine, irrespective the sphere of distribution and method of their production.

Information agencies (hereinafter referred to in the present part – inform-agencies) are registered legal entities, subjects of the informational activity, operating with the purpose of rendering information services. The activity of the information agencies includes the gathering, processing, creating, keeping, preparing the information for the distribution, issuing and distributing the information products. The state registration should also cover all inform-agencies and representatives of inform-agencies, which are founded and operate in Ukraine.

The first two inserts of the given subpart are devoted to the matters of registering the print media the third one covers the procedure and cost of the inform-agencies registration.

The right for creating the print media belongs to:

  1. residents of Ukraine, residents of other countries;
  2. legal entities of Ukraine and other countries;
  3. labour collectives of entrepreneur, institutions, and organizations on the basis of the corresponding resolution of the general assembly (conference).

The state registration of print media is performed by: 

  1. mass media of the state, regional (two and more regions) and foreign sphere of the distribution – the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine;
  2. mass media of the local sphere of distribution – the Chief administration for justice of the Ministry of Justice of the Autonomy Republic of Crimea, oblast, Kyiv and Sevastopol local administrations for justice.

To start the work you fill the blanks of the application form and letter of attorney, on the basis of which we prepare the required documents and submit the application. The submitted application is considered by the corresponding state body during one month.

If the corresponding body has taken the decision to register the mass media, then, after paying the provided state charges, the mass medium founder gets the Certificate of the mass medium state registration. The print medium is considered to be registered from the date of the Certificate issue.

The registered mass medium obtains the corresponding number and series.

The Certificate of the mass medium state registration is issued for any period.

The mass medium is considered to be issued if it is signed for the publication and published in any circulation.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW that part 2 of article 16 of the Law of Ukraine “On print media (press) in Ukraine” provides that the founder (cofounder) preserves the right to start issuing the mass medium during a year from the moment of obtaining the certificate. The confirmation of the mass medium publication is check samples of periodicals, which are free of charge sent by the editorial staff to the founder (cofounder) and registration body. If check samples don’t come, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine admits the certificate of the state registration of the print medium as such a one which has lost its validity.
The preliminary search of the mass medium name
One of the reasons to deny the mass medium registration is the availability of the much earlier mass medium registration with the same name (excluding issues, published in different language). For such cases prevention, specialists of our Agency perform the search of your print medium in the special database before filling the application.

The charges for the mass medium registration include:

  • charges for the issue of the Certificate about the state registration of the mass medium of the state, regional and foreign sphere of distribution – 850 UAH;
  • charges for issue of the Certificate about the state registration of the mass medium of the local sphere of distribution within the borders of the Autonomy Republic of Crimea, one oblast, oblast center or two and more rural districts – 408 UAH;
  • charges for the issue of the Certificate about the mass medium state registration, which is distributed within the borders of one city, district, separate locality, and enterprise, institution and organizations – 238 UAH;
  • charges for the issue of the Certificate about the state registration of the mass medium, which is specialized in erotic materials – 1700 UAH;
  • charges for the issue of the Certificate about the digest state registration – 1020 UAH.

With that, the sum of the registration fee for issuing the certificate about mass medium for children and disabled persons is reduces by 50 percents; one also releases from paying the registration fee those mass media, which are founded with the charitable purpose and which are meant for the free-of-charge distribution.

In case of the reregistration of the mass medium, one should pay the fee in the amount of 50 percents of the fixed charges. For the issue of the duplicate of the mass medium registration certificate one should pay the fee in the amount of 20 percents of the fixed charges. In case of the reregistration of the mass medium in connection with the change of the founder name, one pays the fee in the amount of 20 percents of the fixed charges.

The cost of the Agency services for the preparation and submission of documents on the mass medium registration, getting the mass medium registration Certificate amounts from 1200 UAH.

Kinds of information agencies:

  • governmental;
  • no-governmental;
  • foreign information agencies, operating in Ukraine through their representative offices.

Foundation of information agencies
The right to found information agencies belongs to citizens and legal entities of Ukraine. Foreign subjects and legal entities have the right to be cofounders of Ukrainian co-founders. It is forbidden to found information agencies, the charter fund of which includes more than 35 percent of assets, which belong to foreign legal entities.

The state registration of information agencies is performed by the Ministry of justice of Ukraine. The state registration of representative offices of foreign information agencies as subjects of the information activities is performed after the accreditation of their correspondents in the Ministry of foreign affairs.

To start the work, you fill the application forms and prepare letter of attorney, on the basis of which we prepare the required documents and submit the application. The submitted application is considered by the corresponding state body during seven working days.

The resolution about the information agency state registration being taken, the founder (founders) gets certificates about the state registration of the information agency as the subject of the information activity and entrepreneurship. The Certificate is the basis for assigning to the information agencies by statistics bodies corresponding codes and opening accounts with the banks. The information agency state registration Certificate has not the validity term.

The state fee for the information agency registration amounts 850 UAH. For the reregistration of the information agency one should pay the fee in the amount of 50 percents of the fixed charges. The cost of the Agency services for the preparation and submission of documents on the information agency registration, obtaining the information agency registration Certificate amounts from 1500 UAH.