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Ukraine's Parliament adopts bill on amendments to Constitution on EU, NATO integration

The amendments will come into force after the Parliament's Spokesperson and President sign the document
11:55, 7 February 2019

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Ukraine’s Parliament adopted a bill No. 9037 on the amendments to the Constitution on Ukraine’s foreign policy on EU and NATO membership. 334 MPs voted “for” the document. 112 Ukraine broadcasted the session.

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The draft law No.9037 provides the amendments to the preamble of Ukraine's Constitution, according to which, the parliament confirms the European identity of the Ukrainian nation and irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine.

It is planned to provide at Article 85 that the Verkhovna Rada is authorized to not only define the principles of the inner and foreign policy but also to implement the strategic course of the state for the obtaining of the full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO.

The president of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the strategic course of the state on the obtaining of the full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO - this is how Article 102 would be amended.

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The norm that allows the foreign military formations to temporarily and according to the rent terms to use the acting military bases at the territory of Ukraine is excluded from the transition points.

Earlier, the Parliament sent the bill on amendments to the Constitution concerning the EU, NATO integration plan with 321 votes on September 20, 2018.

According to the bill, the President of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the strategic course of the state towards Ukraine’s full membership in the EU and NATO. In its turn, the Cabinet of Ministers provides the implementation of the strategic course of the state towards Ukraine’s full membership in the EU and NATO.

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