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Week in Ukraine’s Parliament: course to join NATO, Central Election Commission

Author : News Agency 112.ua

The initiative to transfer Ukraine’s Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was registered at the session
18:51, 21 September 2018

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The Verkhovna Rada has renewed the composition of the Central Election Commission. This victory was "bitter," because on the eve, the decision to increase its membership from 15 to 17 was made with a violation of parliament’s regulations.

The draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on the course of Ukraine's accession to the EU and NATO, have been sent for consideration to the Constitutional Court. It was decided to finalize the initiative to restrict parliamentary immunity within two months.

Here are the most important decisions of the Parliament for September 18-21:

Increased and renewed Central Election Commission

The Parliament, in the beginning of the plenary week increased the composition of the Central Election Commission from 15 to 17 people, and in a day dismissed 13 former members of the commission with an expired term of office and appointed 14 new ones. Thus, one seat in the CEC is vacant.

Initiative to write Ukraine's course on entering the EU and NATO into the Constitution sent to the Constitutional Court

Another parliamentary week brought one step towards changing Ukraine’s Constitution, its preamble, actually, to anchor country’s intention to enter NATO and EU. The Constitutional Court will decide whether the initiative is in line with the basic law. However, it is not known how soon it will happen.

Sentsov was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Ukrainian Parliament adopted the draft resolution appealing to the Norwegian Nobel Committee to nominate Oleg Sentsov for the Nobel Peace Prize for his courage, for defending human rights; for readiness to sacrifice his life for the sake of others' freedom.

Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for over 130 days now. He announced a hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin.

Parliamentary immunity will not be limited in the coming few months

It was decided to finalize the initiative to restrict parliamentary immunity on the recommendation of the Legal Committee, which drew attention to the admonition of the Constitutional Court. It expressed doubt whether Ukraine could ensure the independence of deputies.

After all, the amendments will be proposed and the committees will process them at least two months. In addition, the deputies chose the presidential bill to amend so that the changes do not take effect earlier than 2020.

Servicemen from occupied Donbas and Crimea will be able to receive housing again

The military servicemen who were loyal to the oath and moved to a Ukraine-controlled territory together with their relatives will be able to receive new housing from the state, having formally refused from the property in the temporarily occupied territories.

Representatives of extractive industries were required to report payments to the state

Companies that extract minerals are obliged to report all payments to the state.

"This standard is used in countries with a high extracting rate of such resources as gas, oil, ore, coal, etc. The extractive industries are particularly risky in terms of possible corruption and "special" rules for certain companies," the bill’s author Olha Belkova wrote on Facebook.

Parliament wants to increase fines for unfastened seat belt

Now, the penalty is 2 dollars. The amount is intended to be raised to 30 dollars.

Raised fines for violations by officials of licensing authorities

Fines for violations by the licensing authorities are to be introduced. The penalty can be from 12 to 67 dollars, depending on the gravity of the violation.        

Deputies elected two judges of the Constitutional Court

Iryna Zavhorodnya and Oleh Pervomaisky became the judges of the Constitutional Court, under the parliamentary quota.

The entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to defend themselves against unlawful actions or inactivity of the investigator or prosecutor.

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