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Court opens criminal proceeding on voting for Ukraine's strategic focus on EU, NATO

The proceeding was opened upon the lawsuit filed by Ukrainian MP Dmytro Shentsev against the Spokesperson of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy
11:38, 13 March 2019

Andriy Parubiy, the Spokesperson of the Verkhovna Rada
The Verkhovna Rada

Kyiv District Court opened a criminal proceeding on the lawsuit of the Ukrainian MP from “Opposition Bloc” faction Dmytro Shentsev against the Spokesperson of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy concerning voting for the strategic course towards EU and NATO membership, as the press office of the court reported.

“The claimant (Dmytro Shentsev, - ed.) asks the court to recognize the actions of the Spokesperson of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy during the consideration and adoption of the draft law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on the strategic course of the state towards full membership in the EU and NATO, concerning organization of personal ballot of the Ukrainian MPs violating Ukraine's Constitution and the law “On regulation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,” the message says.

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Shentsev also asks the court to recognize illegal the inaction of the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Parliament during the voting “on failure to organize work of the parliament as a collegiate representative body”.

It was noted that the court would be considering the lawsuit as an ordinary proceeding without notifying the parties.

The law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on EU and NATO integration came into force on February 21.

Related: Parubiy signs law on constitutional amendments setting strategic course on EU, NATO membership

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.

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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