In 2016, the law On scientific and scientific-technical activities came into force, one of the articles of which stated that the above taxes were abolished in the process of purchasing scientific equipment. The equipment also includes reagents, chemicals, and materials for conducting scientific activities.
According to the authors of the bills adopted on February 17, the new amendments will not increase the total budget of scientific institutions but will significantly ease their financial fate. In addition, scientists from Ukrainian institutes, academies, and laboratories have been waiting for the adoption of these bills for a long time.
"The adoption of these laws on the abolition of VAT and duties in fact, without the need for additional infusions of budget funds, increases the capacity of domestic science. It should be noted that Ukrainian science is, in fact, in such conditions that it cannot buy almost anything from equipment and reagents, except foreign manufacturers. Therefore, the abolition of customs duties will allow spending budget funds on scientific needs with greater efficiency ", Anton Senenko, senior researcher at the Institute of physics of the National academy of sciences of Ukraine.