The Verkhovna Rada supported in the first reading the bill № 6055 on the National Commission for State Regulation in the Fields of Electronic Communications, Radio Frequency Spectrum and Provision of Postal Services. 230 members of the Parliament voted for the decision.
In particular, the bill stipulates that the President of Ukraine creates an Expert Council on Digitalization, which influences the appointment and dismissal of members of the regulator.
The accompanying documents state that one of the tasks of the draft law is to create preconditions for the sustainability of state regulatory influence on the activities of natural monopolies in the areas of electronic communications, radio spectrum and postal services through the decision of the regulatory body. This will help avoid sharp fluctuations in terms of economic entities whose activities are regulated by this regulatory body; will make such activities projected for a longer period. This is one of the main levers for the effective functioning of electronic communications as a basic sector of Ukraine's digital economy, ensuring security and achieving a balance of interests of consumers, business entities in the fields of electronic communications, radio frequency spectrum and the provision of postal services and the state.
The document proposes the appointment of members of the regulatory body on an open competitive basis, the independence of the regulatory body in making competent decisions, openness and transparency of the state regulation process.
According to the draft law, scheduled inspections of postal operators are conducted no more than once every three years in accordance with the plans approved by the National Commission for State Regulation of Electronic Communications, Radio Frequency Spectrum and Provision of Postal Services.
Unscheduled inspections of postal operators for compliance with the legislation in the field of postal services are carried out by the decision of the National Commission for State Regulation of Electronic Communications in the presence of the grounds specified in the Law.