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Ukraine’s parliament adopts draft state budget for 2020 as basis

The MPs supported the bill by 256 votes as a basis and by 255 votes in general
17:50, 18 October 2019

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The Verkhovna Rada supported as the basis the draft state budget for 2020 #2000 as 112 Ukraine reported.

The document was presented by MP from the Servant of the People, Deputy Head of Budget Committee Oleksandr Trukhin. According to him, the committee processed 2.176 offers from the lawmakers but not all of them were grounded.

“Generally, the committee offers to consider completely or partially 772 offers and reject 1.404 proposals. Primarily, it is supposed to support, firstly, the offers on the specification or only separated offers of the bill for agreement with the norms of the Budget code and implementation of distribution of not distributed expenditures for the national security and defense, considering the NSDC decision and state capital investments on the basis of the solution of the offers of the Interdepartmental commission,” Trukhin said.

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According to him, separate offers on mostly social directions have been already considered “on additional expenditures of the state budget in such spheres as medicine – purchase of medicines and treatment of the citizens abroad; culture – state support of cinematography and implementation of new cultural projects, stitch of the country, project of mobility among the schoolchildren, unleashing tourist potential of Ukraine and creation of modern museum of Ukraine, holding of the events on patriotic education of the youth and other really urgent issues; development of Junior Academy of Sciences, sports development, modernization of the basis of the Olympic training of athletes, development of sports among disabled people and their sports rehabilitation”.

Moreover, it is recommended to increase the expenditures for the investment of environmental action; provide subventions to the local budgets for the creation and repair of the sport complexes at the schools; social and economic development of the territories, construction and repair of athlete's pool, palaces of sports; compensation of wages for workers of childhood and youth sport schools.

The parliament is obliged to adopt the state budget for 2020 in the second reading until November 20, 2019.

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The draft budget for 2020 was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on September 15.

Oksana Markarova the Finance Minister presented the draft budget. MPs are also supposed to consider several bills related to defense and security, as well as the draft law about the SBI, the State Bureau of Investigations. Besides, lawmakers will look into the draft bill regarding the president's right to approve the plan of defense of Ukraine.

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