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Parliament adopts bill on amendments to Constitution on EU, NATO membership

321 people's deputies voted for the bill
13:53, 20 September 2018

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The Verkhovna Rada adopted a draft regulation on including the draft amendments to the Constitution concerning foreign policy into the agenda. 321 people’s deputies voted for. 112 Ukraine broadcasted the parliamentary session. 

The relevant bill provides for the amendments in the Constitution’s preamble. In compliance with this, the Verkhovna Rada confirms Ukraine’s European identity and inconvertibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic policy.

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The 85th article proposes to prescribe that the Verkhovna Rada is empowered not only to define the basis of the internal and foreign policy, but also to implement its strategic course towards Ukraine’s full membership in the European Union and NATO.

“The President of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the country’s strategic course towards the full membership of Ukraine in the EU,” the 102nd article says.

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In its turn, the Cabinet of Ministers, provides the implementation of the strategic course of Ukraine towards full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO.

The norm, which allows foreign military units to temporary use Ukraine’s military bases, is excluded from the transitional requirements.

The amendments to the Constitution is a long process. The referral to the Constitutional court is the first step.

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The next one is the conclusion of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court concerning whether the bill complies with the Constitution.

Then, the parliament can “preliminary support” the bill with at least 226 votes.

The bill can be fully adopted with 300 votes of the people’s deputies on the next session.

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Then, as usually, the Speaker and President sign it, the document is published and come into force.

Reportedly, on September 3, Petro Poroshenko submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada on the amendments to the Constitution on Ukraine’s foreign policy. Later, the steering committee recommended the Parliamnet to send the document to the Constitutional Court to receive the conclusion on its compliance with the Constitution.

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