Parliament to consider draft law on de-oligarchization tomorrow, without waiting for Venice Commission's opinion

Source : 112 Ukraine

Venice Commission insists on not considering bill on oligarchs until commission's opinion is ready
21:39, 22 September 2021

Verkhovna Rada
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Tomorrow the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider bill No. 5599 on de-oligarchization. This is evidenced by the parliament's agenda for September 23.

At the same time, the Venice Commission insists not to consider the bill on oligarchs until the opinion of the commission is issued.

The MP from the European Solidarity party Oleksiy Honcharenko says that the Head of the Constitutional Justice Division of the Secretariat of the Venice Commission Schnutz Rudolf Dürr recommended that the authorities abstain from voting on the bill.

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"The Venice Commission believes that the adoption of the bill in the absence of the commission's conclusion will be an extremely negative signal to Western partners, especially considering that Ukraine has undertaken to bring legislation to the European model," Honcharenko wrote.

The Venice Commission will issue an opinion on bill No.5599 on de-oligarchization after 15 December.

As it was reported earlier, the commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada on human rights Lyudmyla Denisova suggested to Razumkov to direct this bill to the Venice commission. According to Denisova, the law stipulates that the president and the National Security and Defense Council be endowed with powers not provided by the Constitution of Ukraine, restriction of human rights depending on property status, indirect introduction of censorship in the media, and so on.

On July 1, the Verkhovna Rada supported the bill on de-oligarchization. According to the document, the decision to recognize a person as an oligarch is made by the National Security and Defense Council on the basis of a proposal from the Cabinet of Ministers, a member of the National Security and Defense Council, the NBU, the SBU or the Antimonopoly Committee.

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