Ukraine’s Parliament preliminary supports amendments to Constitution on EU, NATO integration

Source : 112 Ukraine

The MPs will be able to finally adopt this decision during the next session, at least 300 votes will be needed
18:59, 22 November 2018

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has supported the draft amendments to the Constitution on the foreign policy course of Ukraine, particularly, the intentions to enter the EU and NATO. 311 MPs supported the draft law #9037-P/1 as 112 Ukraine reported.

“On February, at the next session, we will finally adopt the amendments to the Constitution. What is it? It is just and additional guarantee from the revenge of the pro-Russian, anti-NATO and anti-European forces,” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said, addressing to the MPs.

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The draft law #9037 provides the amendments to the preamble of the 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.

It is planned to provide at Article 85 that the Verkhovna Rada is authorized to not only define the principles of the inner and foreign policy but also to implement the strategic course of the state for the obtaining of the full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO.

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“The president of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the strategic course of the state on the obtaining of the full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO,” as it is planned to add to Article 102.

It is planned to oblige the Cabinet of Ministers to provide the implementation of the strategic course of the state on the obtaining of the full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO.

The norm that allows the foreign military formations to temporarily and according to the rent terms to use the acting military bases at the territory of Ukraine is excluded from the transition points.

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The Constitution of Ukraine and the Regulation of the Verkhovna Rada define the order of the amendments to the Main law in Ukraine.

Only the president and 150 MPs can register the proper draft law. Then the document is considered by the committees of the Verkhovna Rada and recommend the lawmakers to consider the legislation initiatives or not.

If the issue is not about the topics, which need the holding of the referendum; the law should gain at least 226 votes to make it possible to submit the document for the consideration of the Constitution Court of Ukraine during the session of the Ukrainian parliament.

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The court should publish the conclusion on the fact whether the initiative contradicts some articles of the Constitution: it should not restrict rights and freedoms of human, aim at the amendment on the liquidation of the independence or territorial integrity, besides the amendments should not take place in the terms of the military or emergency state; moreover their parliament should not consider the same amendments during a year and the Verkhovna Rada of the current legislature should not change the norms.

The Constitution does not mention the terms during which the Constitution Court should publish the conclusions.

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Only after this the MPs can preliminary support the draft law and 226 votes will be enough. Only during the next session, the lawmakers will be able to adopt the document in general as the law but with at least 300 votes.  

The law adopted on such procedure should be signed by the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and the president. The time when the law comes into force is mentioned in the transition points of the document but it can take place not earlier than the publishing of it on the official newspaper.

On November 22, the president of Ukraine appealed to the Parliament urging to immediately consider the bill on amendments of the Constitution on the consolidation of the course of EU and NATO integration.

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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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