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News

08 October 2019, 18:07

Committees round-up: Daily

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

There are //// bodies in focus of our committee scan today:


Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management

The committee held a task group meeting on drafting amendments to the laws on strategic environmental assessment and on environmental impact assessment. In attendance, there were members of the committee as well as experts and representatives from the finance and energy ministries, foreign and local state environmental agencies, and Honorary Director of the European Commission & Chair of the Espoo Convention Bureau Georges Kremlis.

The representatives from the energy ministry dwelt on practical application of the above law of Ukraine on environmental impact assessment and the amendments needed.

Talking of the changes in the legislation, Georges Kremlis advised to focus on improving environmental impact assessment practices and fighting against corruption. In this regard, George Kremlis referred to the text of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (2014/52/EU), and noted that the law on environmental impact assessment of Ukraine does not fully comply with the directive’s provisions.

Participants of the meeting repeatedly stated that public participation in environmental impact assessing is very important. In addition, the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) must be observed.

Worthy of note. The said task group was formed on 1 October, 2019, comprising nearly all members of the committee, representatives of the energy ministry as well as local and foreign environmental impact assessment experts.

 

Committee on Social Policy and Protection of Veterans’ Rights

The committee held on October 4 a task meeting on the state of play in the field of veterans' social protection.

The event was attended by Ukrainian parliamentarians, representatives of the British Embassy in Ukraine, a US Embassy’s counselor in providing services to veterans, representatives of central executive authorities, public organizations, and the mass media.

The meeting discussed prospects of future changes in legislation aimed to protect and support veterans. The British experts shared their experience in all areas of social support for veterans. Veterans are mostly supported by the British people.  The state is only empowered to coordinate functions between various NGOs and foundations that develop and implement veteran support projects. Support for veterans depends on the level of their social security and whether they have health problems, including disability. Assistance to veterans is not necessarily pecuniary by nature - there are social security mechanisms, non-material support in the form of comprehensive rehabilitation, legal aid, rendering trainings for new professions, employment assistance and many more.

Representatives of central executive bodies and public organizations participated in the discussion as well.

Summarizing the meeting, the сommittee сhairperson observed that the primary task for the new parliament and government is ensuring an adequate level of social protection for veterans, their family members and victims of armed conflicts. To achieve this, it is planned to launch veteran open spaces capable of providing not only communication for veteran communities and their families, but also services focused on employment, medical treatment and housing.

The meeting decided to expand cooperation aimed at improving the social protection and support system for veterans.

 

Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance

The committee held on October 8 a roundtable discussion on the prospects for transplantation in Ukraine.

Participants of the event discussed the prospects for the development of Ukrainian transplantation and the state of play in implementing the law of Ukraine "On transplantation of human anatomical materials" (No. 2427-VIII) shaping a new universe of legal relations in the field of transplantation and related activities.

The roundtable was attended by MPs, representatives of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, other concerned ministries and departments, research and practice institutions of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, regional departments of health care, public organizations, specialists and experts.

It was stated that up to 5,000 organ transplants are required in Ukraine annually, however no more than 130 ones are performed in fact. At the same time, our country ranks last among all European states in terms of post-mortem donation. For example, no cadaveric transplantation was performed in Ukraine in 2019.

One of the main reasons for dragging in the development of Ukraine’s transplantation medicine is lack of required number of donor organs.

Every year, about 300 Ukrainians require bone marrow transplants from a non-native donor, which are not currently practicable in Ukraine. However, such operations can be done abroad and Ukraine is thus bound to allocate some UAH 600 mn for this purpose yearly.

On January 1, 2019 the law of Ukraine “On transplantation of human anatomical materials” came into effect. The law, however, is not seen to be fully operative as yet for lack of the needful legal framework and a unified state transplantation information system. The launch of the system is slated for January 1, 2020.

Still, there is also no advanced publicity aimed at explaining the importance of the problem and dispelling public myths about transplantation. Despite some concerned institutes already in force, there is no holistic system in Ukraine so far.  Today's prime challenge is to pool forces and efforts to set up a transplant system.

The minister of health spoke about further prospects for the development of Ukrainian transplantation. A number of experts then spoke about the international experience in organ transplantation, and then they also outlined the pressing problems in this area in Ukraine. Special attention they paid to quite a weak legal framework and nearly utter lack of brain death diagnosis equipment.  There are also absolutely inactive transplant coordinators who could enable a faster developing of non-native transplantation.

Specific suggestions were made to address all issues.  In particular, the participants repeatedly paid attention to an acute need for social advertising of organ transplants.

The discussion was then joined by representatives of the health ministry and members of parliament, who did support pooling efforts to expedite developing transplantation in Ukraine.

Following the meeting, an appropriate resolution was adopted.

 

Committee on Transport and Infrastructure

The committee recommended that the Verkhovna Rada adopt the second reading of a draft law on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine on road safety management. The body saw into the bill No.1061 on October 8.

The bill offers to launch a motor-road safety auditing programme and a road traffic safety control system (while in operation), assign state authorities (and their powers) in charge of public management of motor-road safety, introduce some new definitions connected to road safety management, and establish firm requirements for training and checking competence of road safety auditors and inspectors.

Relevant amendments shall be made to the laws of Ukraine “On road traffic” and “On motor roads”.

The committee suggested including the draft bill No.0963 “On amendments to the Law of Ukraine ‘On road traffic’ over arranging the traffic for wheelchair users” in the second session agenda.

The committeemen also approved the committee’s action plan for the second session (September 2019-January 2020).