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Ukrainian parliament introduces continuous service of National Council on TV

Source : 112 Ukraine

226 MPs supported the bill
15:19, 2 October 2019

Radio Liberty

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the bill #2036 on implementation of the procedure of extension of authorities of a member of the National Council on TV after the termination of his/her authorities by parliament and appointment of the members of the National Council to all vacant posts simultaneously, as 112 Ukraine reported.

The bill on the National Council reconsiders that after the end of five years terms, the authorities of a member of the National Council continues until the appointment of the new member of the council, excluding the early termination of the authorities of the member of this body.

Related: 112 Ukraine TV Channel: decision of National Council is illegal and is a gross attack against freedom of speech

Moreover, it is established that the parliament solves the issue of the appointment to the National Council to all vacant posts simultaneously. If the parliament fails to do it, the procedure of the appointment to the National Council will take place again.

The National Council will be equated to the state bodies of the first level defined by Ukraine’s Law “On state service”.

The specialist committee of Verkhovna Rada announces the beginning of the selection of the candidatures for the position of the member of the National Council on 90 days before the termination of the authorities of member/members of the council.

Related: Statement by 112 Ukraine International Editorial Board regarding the decision of the National Council to terminate the digital license of the channel

The law will come into force the next day after the official publication; however, some norms will take effect on January 1, 2020.

As we reported earlier, on September 26 the National council on questions of television and radio broadcasting deprived TV channel "112 Ukraine" of digital licenses for broadcasting. The channel continues to broadcast and is available to its viewers on satellite, cable and the Internet.

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