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News

04 March 2020, 21:49

Extraordinary session of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

347 MPs have registered to partake in this special sitting.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov opened the extraordinary plenary session of the Ukrainian parliament.

The presiding officer announced that the event is attended by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

The Chairman underlined that the current extraordinary plenary session of the Parliament is held in connection with the presidential request to convene an extraordinary plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the ninth convocation and in accordance with part eight of Article 19 of the Verkhovna Rada’s rules of procedure.

The list of agenda items was handed out to parliamentarians in attendance.

The presiding officer gave the floor to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

V. Zelenskyi informed that yesterday the Prime Minister O. Honcharuk’s resignation was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.  He asked MPs to give their assessment to the premier’s notice.

The Chairman brought the draft resolution No.3158 “On the resignation of Prime Minister Honcharuk O.V.” before the chamber and gave the floor to the Prime Minister Oleksii Honcharuk.

After the speech, the presiding officer put the resignation resolution to the vote. MPs have backed the paper with 353 ayes.

The Chairman announced that the President of Ukraine put up Denys Shmyhal’s candidacy (the incumbent Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine) for the post of Ukraine’s prime minister.

The President then presented the nominee to the chamber.

The presiding officer accorded the "next-to" premier the right to speak to outline his priorities and action programme for the ensuing office. The candidate fielded MPs’ questions from the floor. Representatives of parliamentary factions and groups took part in the discussion on the issue.

The Chairman of Parliament put the draft resolution No.3168 “On the appointment of Shmyhal D.A. as the Prime Minister of Ukraine” to the vote. MPs have endorsed the paper with 291 assenting votes.

The presiding officer declared the issue of appointing new ministers and gave the floor to the new premier. The prime minister read out new members of the Cabinet. Representatives of parliamentary factions and groups took part in the discussion on the issue.


The new Cabinet has been announced as follows:

  • Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Digital Transformation - Mykhailo Fedorov;

  • Vice Prime Minister – Minister on Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories - Oleksii Rieznikov;

  • Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration - Vadym Prystaiko;

  • Minister of Communities and Territories Development - Oleksii Chernyshov;

  • Finance Minister - Ihor Umanskyi;

  • Minister of Infrastructure - Vladyslav Kryklii;

  • Health Care Minister - Illia Yemets;

  • Youth and Sports Minister - Vadym Huttsait;

  • Minister on Veterans’ Affairs - Serhii Bessarab;

  • Minister of Justice - Denys Maliuska;

  • Minister of Cabinet of Ministers - Oleh Nemchinov;

  • Social Policy Minister - Maryna Lazebna.

The premier declared the ministerial bench to be currently incomplete, yet having four openings. Representatives of parliamentary factions and groups took part in the discussion on the issue. The new team of ministers was backed by 277 parliamentary votes in favour. The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada instructed the Secretariat to formalize the issue through an appropriate resolution.

Taran A.V. was said to have been put up as Ukraine’s defence minister by the President of Ukraine. The motion was presented by the presidential representative at the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk.

The resolution No.3169 “On the appointment of Taran A.V. as the Minister of Defence of Ukraine” was approved by 285 votes in favour.

Then, the resolution No.3170 “On the appointment of Kuleba D.I. as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine” was confirmed by 288 votes in favour.

By 336 ayes, the parliament passed the resolution No.3171 “On the dismissal of members of the Cabinet of Ministers from their posts”.

Members of the newly appointed Cabinet of Ministers have sworn the oath of office before the Verkhovna Rada. The oath of a Cabinet member was read out by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov congratulated the newly appointed members of the Government on taking office.

The presiding officer announced for review the issue of activities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Bureau of Investigations of Ukraine, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, and the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine in the field of fighting corruption and enhancing rule of law.

The interior minister Arsen Avakov delivered his report about the work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

The head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov reported on the performance of the Security Service of Ukraine.

The acting director of the State Bureau of Investigations Iryna Venediktova delivered her report on the work of the agency.

NABU’s director Artem Sytnyk outlined how the National Anti-Corruption Bureau worked of late.

Ukraine’s general prosecutor Ruslan Riaboshapka delivered his report on the office’s activities.

The law enforcement supremos fielded questions from the floor.

After the speeches, MPs proceeded with the business of the day.

 

  • Laws, bills and resolutions passed

 

On multinational military exercises

--Draft bill No.3003

The parliament has passed the bill No.3003 regarding the approval of President of Ukraine’s decision as to the admittance to Ukraine’s territory of foreign armed forces units for multinational military exercises in 2020, including the Ukrainian-American exercises “Rapid Trident-2020”, the Ukrainian-Moldovan exercises “Pivden-2020” (aka ‘South-2020’), the Ukrainian-American exercises “See Breeze-2020”, the Ukrainian-Romanian bilateral exercises “Riverine-2020” and the Ukrainian-British exercises “Worrier Watcher-2020”. The law becomes operative as of the date of its official promulgation. By 289 ayes, the parliament confirmed its second reading.

 

On national security

--Draft bill No.3015

Lawmakers have approved the draft bill No.3015 “On amendments to the Section VI ‘Final and Transitional Provisions’ of the Law of Ukraine ‘On national security of Ukraine’ regarding becoming valid of provisions upon the commander-in-chief and the general staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and certain branches of armed forces”. By 292 assenting votes, the Verkhovna Rada approved the bill in its second reading.

 

On maritime safety and security

--Draft bill No.0025

By 261 votes the parliament ratified the bill No.0025 “On the ratification of the Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the French Republic on official support for strengthening maritime safety and security of Ukraine”.

 

On corruption prevention

--Draft bill No.2500

With 280 votes in favour, VRada has taken the second reading of the bill No.2500 “On amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine because of the enactment of the Law of Ukraine ‘On corruption prevention’”.

 

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine clued in about the convening of another extraordinary plenary sitting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on March 5 at 6:30 pm. The meeting has been initialized by a group of 152 parliamentarians, pooled by a keen wish to express their distrust to the Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka.

 

The presiding officer closed the extraordinary plenary sitting.