A new law on National Security comes into force in Ukraine today, on July 8.
The law defines the basic principles of Ukraine’s national security and main goals of the Government which provide the community and every citizen with protection against threats.
Besides, the text of the law defines and separates the mandates of various authority entities in the security and defence sphere, and forms a base for the integration of the state authority agencies and governmental structures which operate within security sphere, with the security and defence forces. The law determines the system of command, coordination and control over the security and defence forces and introduces a single comprehensive approach of a basic planning principle which ensures respect for democracy and social control over national security authorities.
The law regards the European integration, accession to the EU, NATO membership and development of equal relations with other states as Ukraine’s fundamental interests.
The Parliament supported the bill at the beginning of April, 2018 with 265 votes of the MPs. On June 21, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law with 248 votes and Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, signed the law on national security on July 5.