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07 September 2018, 17:25

Chairman about week’s results on Rada TV

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

"The first plenary week of the ninth session was dynamic, intensive, and effective," -- Andriy Parubiy,  Chairman

 

About the results of the week

During the first plenary week of the ongoing ninth session, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has made twenty-nine positive decisions.  Of these - 23 laws have been passed in tote upon the second reading.

This was stated by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine A.Parubiy on Friday in his interview to the “Rada” TV channel. "Those who follow and are engaged in legislative work, do know that this is quite a high index," he said.

Among the most significant enactments of the week were said to be changes to military regulations comprising a new official salute “Glory to Ukraine!” – “Glory to the Heroes!” and greeting for the military. There is not the slightest doubt that the novelties will be soon approved on the second reading.

Also important was the long-expected law on gender equality in the military. It envisages the introduction of the principle of equality of women and men in their duties and rights in the army, and "now we can have female generals, and, given that a huge number of women from the first days of the war with arms in their hands fought for Ukrainian independence, this law was very significant for them, too".

Quite portentous was also the law establishing a heavier criminal liability for illegal crossing the border.  "This is very important in wartime, when we have a huge border with the aggressor state, to increase and make more rigorous the responsibility for illegal crossing our borders," declared the high ranking politician.

According to A. Parubiy, two laws on European integration were adopted, in particular, the Law "On Intellectual Property" in tote (on the second reading), "I must say there have been long and heated disputes over it," - but most importantly, there have been passed ten crucial ratifications, "which have long been talked of in the Parliament, and among them two very important security ratifications on cooperation in the security sector with Poland and Romania".

"I consider this week to be very dynamic, intensive, and productive, although some laws were rejected, because there was no necessary support, however the committees would be able to finalize them," considers the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.

The head of the parliament pointed out that "the new political season is going to be quite turbulent as it takes place in the build-up to the presidential and parliamentary elections".

"There were a lot of skeptics who was saying that emotions would run high, and it would be hard for the Parliament to work. I warned then that I was sure – the Parliament would work, because a stable Verkhovna Rada means a stable country," stated A.Parubiy.


About forthcoming changes to Ukraine’s Constitution


"Constitutional amendments can be reviewed within the next plenary week" – A.Parubiy, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine A.Parubiy is about to propose that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine consider amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution to introduce constitutional obligations on Ukraine’s aspirations towards the Euro-Atlantic space: joining the European Union and accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

"I just remind you that this topic is not a new one, I once made the proposal and a number of parliamentarians supported it - on June 8, 2017 we made changes to the law of Ukraine in order to determine our heading towards NATO as one of the key areas of Ukraine's foreign policy," pointed out A.Parubiy.

According to him, "this was an important decision, this direction was once defined in the law on fundamentals of foreign and home policies".

"Our main reasoning is that this provision must be not only in the law, but also in our constitution.  It gives a solid guarantee that the situation that was in 2010 year when it was just enough to change the law thus altering the vector of development of the country completely, would never happen again,” said the Chairman of the Parliament, and then added: “Inclusion of this provision in the Constitution provides for a much more complicated and far more difficult procedure - you need three hundred votes and several sessions, at least two.  At the same time, it finally gives a fairly rigorous guarantee that nobody will be able to change the heading of our foreign policy".

A.Parubiy stressed that he supported the President’s initiative submitted to the Parliament, which has already been considered by the core committee.  "I will remind you that this is only the first stage, because the first voting involves filing to the Constitutional Court, then the Constitutional Court gives its conclusions, and there will be a second voting where 226 votes are needed, and then, after all, at the next session, there should be a vote of 300 votes,"  explained the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.

He has then assured that he will do his utmost to make sure that all stages of the procedure be passed as fast as possible in order to solve the issue roundly.


About changes to Organic Law and Central Election Commission


"Amendments to the Constitution and the Central Election Commission should be pushed up to the fore next plenary week," -- Andriy Parubiy

Among the most important issues of the next plenary week was said to be electing a new Central Election Commission’s (CEC) bench.

"The CEC’s bench discussions have taken a very long time but, as to me, it was also a very big stimulus when, in early August, the CEC, whose mandate expired in June 2014, made a decision that suspended elections for all UTCs (united territorial communities).  This means, in fact, that one of the most successful and productive reforms which were held in Ukraine by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, has been stopped by a single decision of the CEC," said the Chairman of the Parliament.

He called on for resolving the issue next plenary week. “There have been held preliminary consultations with the factions, and it seems to me that we will be able to come to an agreement allowing us to finally elect a new CEC," stated A.Parubiy, stressing that the changes to the Constitution and the CEC should be key points for the next plenary week.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada also informed that it is planned by early October to begin consideration of the Electoral Code of Ukraine, 4.5 thousand amendments to which had already been brought up.

"I am well aware that this document appears to be all-embracing and its consideration might seemingly take two plenary weeks. This way is seen to be difficult and long-running," he added.

The electoral code is thought to change the overall system of political culture in Ukraine. "It is intended that by October the committee will be able to go through all the edits, and starting from October we will be in a position to begin considering the Electoral Code," said A.Parubiy, and then emphasized that "this issue is rather of a political culture, and the Verkhovna Rada should have considered this document a year before the elections".