Law #2449-VII on the diplomatic service has come into force in Ukraine as it was published in the official parliamentary newspaper “Holos Ukrainy” six months ago.
The law introduces categories of diplomatic posts.
“A” category – is a Foreign Minister, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine with a residence in Kyiv, a Permanent Representative of Ukraine to an international organization, Ukraine’s Representative to an international organization, Chief of Ukraine’s Mission at an international organization.
“B” category is wider – Consul-General, Deputy Permanent Representative, Deputy Representative to an international organization, Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Mission at an international organization, Foreign Ministry Representative on the territory of Ukraine, the Heads of Foreign Ministry departments and their deputies.
All other diplomatic posts are comprised in a “C” category.
The president appoints extraordinary and authorized ambassador of Ukraine, authorized ambassador of Ukraine with the residence in Kyiv, permanent representative of Ukraine, representative of Ukraine at the international organization, head of Ukraine’s mission to the international organization. The leader of the state also possesses a right to dismiss from these posts.
Earlier the Foreign Ministry had to consult with the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs to appoint people on these posts; however, the parliament adopted the law as amended without such norm. The Speaker of parliament Andry Paruby promised that the president will sign the law and oblige the ministry to consult with the committee again.
The president ordered by the law #168/2018 dated June 15, 2018, that the candidates for the mentioned posts should be provided to the committee. The order of such submission should be confirmed by the ministry and committee. This law has also come into force today.
One of the reasons for the early recall of the workers of the diplomatic service is the actions of the worker or his/her family, which can lead to the negative consequences, including for the image of Ukraine abroad.
The term of the work of the citizens of Ukraine at the secretariats and bodies of the international organization, where Ukraine has the membership, and at the jurisdictional bodies is count as the experience in the diplomatic service.
The Cabinet of Minister will define the salaries of the diplomatic workers considering the special demands to the professional competency.
The state should pay only the moving, first aid, visit to Ukraine for vacation once a year, provision of the medical service, insurance, which will provide emergency, initial and specialized medical service for the diplomatic workers in the case of the long-term travel status. Besides, the state bears the costs for the education of the children of the diplomatic worker at the kindergarten and school. Ukraine plans to provide the workers with the payment for accommodation and public services.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law on diplomatic service on June 15, 2018. Earlier the president vetoed the law.