PACE urge Ukraine to submit constitutional amendments on de-centralization

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Parliamentary Assembly’s co-rapporteurs visited Ukraine
18:10, 11 February 2016

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Jordi Shukla and Axel Fischer, PACE co-rapporteurs on Ukraine called on Ukrainian MPs to submit changes to the basic law of the country. They said so after their three-day-long visit to Ukraine, as mentioned in the press release at the Assembly’s website.

“These constitutional amendments are about something greater than merely adhering to the Minsk process. The amendments contain basic provisions that are meant to bring the people closer to those in power, to ensure political stability and the country’s unity – regardless of the Minsk peace process”, the PACE members said.  

Shukla and Fischer noted that de-centralization of power will let Ukraine to react faster on the continuing hostilities in Donbas. PACE representatives said that any stalls on submitting the amendments to the Constitution might be considered as Ukraine’s unwillingness to fulfill its commitments regarding the Minsk deal.

The European envoys also said they had expected that the Ukrainian Parliament approves constitutional amendments on justice, which would “be decisive in terms of creating truly independent judicial system and prosecutor’s offices in Ukraine”.

Previously, German MP Manuel Sarrazin offered that Ukraine submits constitutional amendments so as to hold fair and free local elections in Donbas.  

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