Head of EU Delegation to Ukraine Maasikas: Legal grounds needed to apply law on de-oligarchization

Source : 112 Ukraine

European diplomat hints that problems with oligarchs in Ukraine can be solved in other ways besides passing a law
09:23, 2 October 2021

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Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas stated the need for legal grounds for the application of the law on oligarchs, which was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine more than a week ago. The European diplomat expressed this position during a discussion organized by the Atlantic Council think tank, Voice of America reports. 

"We welcome President Zelensky's determination to resolve the issue of personal interests in Ukraine, oligarchic interests, if you like. As for the adoption of the law on oligarchs, we take note of it. And we emphasize that the application of the law must be legally justified and objective," Maasikas said.

Related: Law on de-oligarchization: Venice Commission asks for text of law approved by parliament

He hinted that problems with oligarchs in Ukraine can be solved in other ways: to strengthen state institutions in the field of the rule of law and to carry out judicial reform. In this context, Maasikas also recalled the functions of the anti-monopoly committee, law enforcement agencies and the public broadcaster.

As we reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine considered bill No. 5599 on de-oligarchization without waiting for Venice Commission's opinion.

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.

You can read more about adopted law HERE.

Related: Ukrainian oligarchs to get grace period to become businessmen, - Justice Minister

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