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The article is devoted to the peculiarities of legal status and leading directions of activity of honorary consulates of foreign states in Ukraine. The specifics of the procedure for their appointment, admission and grounds for the release of honorary consulates of foreign states in Ukraine are characterized. It has been proved that the current scientific discourse gives a proper place to such issues as the peculiarities of the legal status and the specifics of the activity of honorary consulates of foreign states in Ukraine. Particular attention is paid to considering the requirements imposed by the national legislation of Ukraine on persons intending to be honorary consuls of foreign states. An important place in the article is given to the analysis of privileges and immunities which honorary consuls enjoy while in office. The grounds for the release of honorary consulates of foreign states in Ukraine are analyzed. It is noted that the decision to terminate the powers of the Honorary Consul of a foreign state in Ukraine is made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and communicated to the accrediting State. The characteristic of the process of organizing the work of honorary consulates of foreign states in Ukraine is provided. In particular, honorary consuls of foreign states in Ukraine have the right to appoint employees of their institution at their own discretion and should take care of creating the proper conditions for the functioning of the honorary consulate. In this context, a certain amount of attention is paid to the consideration of the means necessary for the honorary consul of foreign states to perform the functions entrusted to them. As a matter of priority, the Honorary Consuls should have appropriate premises at their disposal which they may purchase or lease to exercise their powers. The peculiarities and leading directions of activity of the honorary consulates of foreign states in Ukraine at the present stage are characterized. Characterization of the general functions performed by honorary consulates of foreign countries in Ukraine is given. It is established that it is the Honorable Consulates that can effectively perform the functions of the link between the states in the absence of permanent diplomatic and consular establishments. The complex of functions, the implementation of which is entrusted to honorary consulates in Ukraine such states as Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Federative Republic of Brazil, is described. In particular, the functions of the Honorary Consulate of Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in Kyiv, are as follows: Assistance to officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina during their visit to Ukraine; taking care of and assistance to the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina living on the territory of Ukraine; promotion of tourism to Bosnia and Herzegovina; informing the relevant institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina about the developments and events in various spheres in the host country ; providing objective and comprehensive information on the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina upon requests in the host country. The leading directions of functioning of the Honorary Consulate of the State of Israel on the territory of Western Ukraine are considered. It is established that at the present stage, its employees are focused on the following tasks: restoration of investment attractiveness of the specified region, assistance to Ukrainian businessmen entering the market of Israel, implementation of joint projects in the field of security, intensification of cooperation in the field of information technologies, cooperation in the sphere of energy saving. The role of honorary consulates in the process of developing transfrontier co-operation and supporting the national minorities that are compactly residing in the border areas is emphasized. Exactly for this purpose the Honorary Consulate of Slovakia was opened in a village Great Berezne, located near the Ukrainian-Slovak border, whose powers extend to the Transcarpathian and Ivano-Frankivsk regions. A significant place in the article is given to the description of the implementation of the information function by the honorary consulates of foreign states and the function of maintaining and developing relations in the cultural sphere, as far as honorary consulates are also subjects of the implementation of cultural diplomacy. In particular, in March 2018 an exhibition of paintings by the members of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine with the symbolic name "Bridges" was opened at the premises of the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Uzhgorod, which should demonstrate the prospect of Ukraine's unification with the European Union.
Keywords interstate cooperation   honorary consulates   honorary consul   functions of honorary consulates   status of honorary consul   Ukraine
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