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News

18 October 2019, 16:27

Friday’s morning session is over

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

The Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov opened Friday’s plenary session.

 

The morning section

 

The Verkhovna Rada carried the agenda of the ongoing meeting.

 

The current agenda:

1.     ‘Ask the Government’ hour.

First reading

2.     Bill No.2000 “On the state budget of Ukraine for 2020”.

3.     Bill No.2144 “On amendments to the Budget Code of Ukraine”.

4.     Bill No.2168 “On amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine regarding the state policy in the field of labour, working relationship, employment and labour migration”.

5.     Bill No.2189 “On amendments to the Law of Ukraine ‘On voluntary amalgamation of territorial communities’ (regarding easier approval of prospective plans for formation of territories of communities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, oblasts).

6.     Bill No.1122 “On amendments to the Law of Ukraine ‘On the natural gas market’ regarding regularizing price formation and avoiding rise in natural gas prices and tariffs”.

7.     Bill No.2066 “On amendments to certain laws of Ukraine regarding improving the system of hazardous waste management”.

8.     Bill No.0001 “On ratification of the Agreement between the Government of United States of America and the Government of Ukraine to improve international tax compliance and to implement FATCA”, and two tributary bills on legislative amendments resulting from the above ratification.

 

Dmytro Razumkov informed that the Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksii Honcharuk and members of the Cabinet of Ministers are taking part in the plenary session. The members of the Cabinet of Ministers are expected to field questions regarding the settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine, the tariff policy, its state of things and prospects.

The presiding officer announced that questions of the parliamentary factions and groups would be answered by the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Zahorodniuk, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasyl Bodnar and the First Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Vitalii Shubin.


The questions hour started.

The floor was given to the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Zahorodniuk, who was rather detailed in the dialoging on Ukraine’s east conflict and various aspects relating to the military.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasyl Bodnar particularized his answers about peculiarities of local self-government in the occupied territories, a check point in Zolote, the law on amnesty and its projected coverage, as well as the notorious “Steinmeier Formula”.

The foreign affairs minister Vadym Prystaiko was bombarded by questions on supplying Ukraine’s unique produce for Russia’s military needs, the “Steinmeier Formula”, again, with all the highways and byways of the problem, overseas coal purchases, and the ongoing build-up of Russia’s military threats.

The First Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Vitalii Shubin recounted on supporting mines and coal industry, settling outstanding salary arrears against pitmen, transparent pricing for energy commodities, easy connecting of a wide range of businesses to the power grid, renewal of electricity supplies from Russia, etc.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksii Honcharuk answered questions about the distribution of current budgetary funds allocated for socio-economic development.

Ask the Government hour ended at this point.


MPs proceeded to the business of the day.


Laws, bills and resolutions passed

 

On changes to Ukraine’s budget code

--Draft bill No.2144

The draft bill was presented by the Deputy Minister of Finance Yurii Dzhyhyr. The bill was taken by 264 ayes on the first reading.

 

On Ukraine’s draft state budget 2020

--Draft resolution No.2000-P

The draft budget paper was presented by the Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Budget Oleksandr Trukhin.

Upon reviewing the issue, the committee decided to recommend the parliament that the resolution No.2000-P “On conclusions and proposals to the Law of Ukraine on the State Budget of Ukraine for 2020” be approved on the first and second readings.

Later on, the Chairman of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine Valerii Patskan stated in his speech that the Accounting Chamber had examined the draft Law on the State Budget for 2020. He also noted that Ukraine is in need of a rapid economic growth and a quick state budget can thus contribute to this vastly.

The Accounting Chamber supports the Government in reducing the state budget deficit, compressing the volume of domestic government bonds and contracting their profitability, which will all contribute to the development of lending the real sector of the economy.

Valerii Patskan noted that there is an opportunity to increase the 2020 budget revenues by 20.8 billion hryvnias at the expense of subsoil use rent and VAT on imported goods. In addition, there are some supernumerary reserves discovered by audits conducted by the Accounting Chamber. He also focused on effective expenditure planning.

“A well-balanced next year budget will enable a faster development of our country and its economy,” Valerii Patskan summed up.

After the speeches, the presiding officer gave the floor to the Prime Minister Oleksii Honcharuk. The Premier appealed to members of parliament for supporting his colleagues' proposals to the bill. The draft resolution was then backed by 256 ayes.

 

On natural gas transportation

--Draft bill No.2239 (including the bill No.2239-1 as the alternate)

Parliamentarians reviewed amendments to certain laws of Ukraine in connection with the so called unbundling of the gas transportation facilities.

After the speeches, the Prime Minister Oleksii Honcharuk made his closing remarks. He stressed the importance of adopting this bill in order to have a strong position in talks with the Russian side, which are due to take place next week.

The Prime Minister asked parliamentarians to support the bill No.2239-1 on the first reading. The paper was thus backed by 286 members of parliament.

 

On budgetary changes

--Draft bill No.2283

The draft law was confirmed on the first reading by 273 ayes.

 

Birth of new parliamentary associations

O.Kondratiuk announced the creation of some parliamentary inter-factional associations: “Intellectual Ukraine” to be headed by Ruslan Stefanchuk, MP, “For Rapid Euro-integration of Ukrainian Business” to be led by Dmytro Liubota, MP, and “For Khmelnychсhyna” to be captained by Denys Monastyrskyi, MP.

 

New friendship groups

There were set up in the Verkhovna Rada three parliamentary groups in charge of strengthening the inter-parliamentary ties with Ireland, Jordan and the Republic of Armenia. The ten-man Irish team was headed by Sviatoslav Yurash (The Servant of the People faction). The Jordanian group comprising five members was led by Mykola Ananchenko (The Servant of the People faction).

 

The Verkhovna Rada Chairman D.Razumkov closed the morning section of the plenary meeting.

 

From 21 through 25 October, members of parliament will be conducting their voter education activity.

The Parliament of Ukraine shall meet next time on October 29, 2019.