The plenary session broadcasted by the official Rada TV channel.
Parliamentarians removed from the Criminal Code of Ukraine Article 205, which provides for fines of up to 3,400 dollars.
In addition, MPs increased the fine for tax evasion, which is provided by Article 212 of Criminal Code.
The Chief Scientific and Expert Department criticized the bill.
The initiative to decriminalize fictitious entrepreneurship was called “poorly grounded and premature,” since there is no proof that it inflicts insignificant public damages, a low degree of moral condemnation by the population, rare application of the norms of the Criminal Code in practice and the availability of alternative methods of fighting with the violation.
In an explanatory note, the authors argue that “existence of criminal liability for fictitious entrepreneurship has long been one way to put pressure on business in Ukraine.”
However, the Chief Scientific and Expert Department is convinced that “this indicates only significant abuses of office by employees of the law enforcement agencies and judges, as well as the need for real steps to combat such negative phenomena and not the need to refuse from criminal prosecution of “fictitious entrepreneurs .”
Earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted the presidential law on impeachment as a whole by the votes of the Servant of the People Party. 245 MPs voted for the law, 244 of them are representatives of the Servant of the People Party.