15 August 2018, 12:57

H.Hopko meets Israeli minister Z.Elkin

more
15 August 2018, 11:30

September meetings notification

more
14 August 2018, 12:00

H.Hopko meets B. Schmitt from U.S. Dept of State

more
14 August 2018, 11:41

Meeting of working subgroup (#2)

more
10 August 2018, 19:15

Committees round-up: Weekly

more
31 July 2018, 15:04

Committees round-up: Daily

more
30 July 2018, 15:00

Committees round-up: Daily

more
27 July 2018, 14:00

The ministers trigger financial aid to families of detainees

more
11 July 2016

Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government recommends Ukrainian Parliament adopt draft law "On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine" (as to voluntary unification of territorial communities) as a basis

more
02 June 2016

"We return to Ukrainian right on truth". Speech of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

more
30 May 2016

"The adoption of Law of Ukraine" On the Judicial System and Status of Judges" gives a chance to reach end of judicial reform" - the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubii

more
15 August 2018

H.Hopko meets Israeli minister Z.Elkin

more
15 August 2018

September meetings notification

more
14 August 2018

H.Hopko meets B. Schmitt from U.S. Dept of State

more
14 August 2018

Meeting of working subgroup (#2)

more
10 August 2018

Committees round-up: Weekly

more
31 July 2018

Committees round-up: Daily

more
30 July 2018

Committees round-up: Daily

more
27 July 2018

The ministers trigger financial aid to families of detainees

more

Top news

13 July 2018, 16:15

Chairman delivers 8th session closing presser at Rada’s premises

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

There took place a final press conference given by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy aiming to take stock of what had been accomplished by the Parliament during the whole eighth plenary session.

A brief 8th session performance outline was brought to the audience’s attention by the Chairman at the very off.

National security

The Speaker stressed the crucial importance of the approved key defence law "On National Security of Ukraine", in as much as the law was to bring Ukraine much closer to NATO.  He recalled that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine had determined NATO to be a key goal of Ukraine’s foreign policy.

“In repulsing the ongoing Russia’s hybrid offensive, the defence and security issues are regarded to be of critical significance to the Parliament,” stated the official.

Staffing issues

Another pressing question well settled by the Parliament was reported to be staff matters the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine, the Ombudsman office, the National Bank of Ukraine, and the Central Election Commission (CEC) had faced. CEC remained to be the only issue pending to date, seemingly settleable in the autumn round.

Anti-graft court

A one more polar point was designated to be the adoption of the law on anti-corruption court. This landmark stride was taken by 315 ayes, thus finalizing the build-up of the whole anti-graft judicial arm.

The law clearly establishes the court’s jurisdiction, being ‘heavily armed’ as well with all necessary legal and financial tools to ensure its high performance, including a mighty protective shield against any pressure from both home and overseas bodies.

The Venice Commission’s important recommendations were also factored into by the law, including setting a veto by international experts upon unskilled and/or disreputable judges considered to take the bench.

House floor’s yield

It was also pointed out the session had adopted eighty-eight laws, forty-nine of which being of first reading; thirty-seven resolutions had also been approved within the plenary span - all together totaling some 200 positive parliamentary decisions, including critically important laws on diplomatic service, on currency, on intellectual property, on foreign investment climate, etc.

Parliament globally

It was also observed, the Parliament had been very active internationally. Among the global accomplishments therein there were mentioned the creation of the Ukraine-Georgia-Moldova Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, a powerful parliamentary instrument within the Baltic-Black Sea rim countries; the utterly fruitful five-speaker – Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – high-level visit to Washington ensuring the US Congress’s great support to the East European countries as the protective shield for the whole of Europe against the ongoing Russian aggression.

The above mentioned international cooperation was said to see another turn in the near future.

Reshaping Rada

Among vital local reforms the parliamentary one was mentioned as well, providing for a sure cut in quantity of the committees just down to twenty and follow-up reallocation of seats through the remainder, to be also accompanied with introducing a compulsory e-ID card for members of parliament. The said changes are thought to be triggered off next year.

"It has been an uphill season and it has been a difficult spring.  Many said that the Ukrainian parliament would not work in the run-up to election year and presidential hustings. It was not easy to hold discussions in the hall.  But our responsibility has helped to make those decisions," said A.Parubiy.

Local church

The Speaker also touched upon the creation of a unified Orthodox local church, which is one of the fundamental issues of Ukraine’s state development.

"A unified Orthodox autocephalous church is regarded to be an unshakeable foundation for stopping any attempt by Russia to pit Ukrainians against each other on any basis, but religiously to a greater extent," said Andriy Parubiy.

He pointed out that the discussion which had started in the Parliament, then assumed a countrywide significance after the meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch.

"And it has also attained a wide support from Constantinople, where I actually had lots of conversations," said the Chairman of the Parliament. “We are placing certain positive expectations upon the Holy Synod’s decision on the matter. It might be of non-decisive nature, it might be stepwise – as granting a Tomos of Autocephaly is a ladder-shaped process,” clarified Andriy Parubiy.

“It is my strong belief, we shall be fortunate enough to get the good result, with all our efforts, thoughts and prayers. We shall see Ukraine having its own Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church”.  

Then, the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament answered the journalists’ questions.