Zelensky withdraws bill on decentralization

Source : 112 Ukraine

The draft law is sent for the refinement
18:24, 16 January 2020

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky withdrew the bill #2598 on the decentralization (on the amendment of the Constitution of Ukraine) as the President’s Office reported.

Zelensky held the meeting with the leaders of Servant of the People party and they discussed the decentralization reform. As a result of the discussion, the president and the MPs expressed the common opinion that the amendment of the Constitution on the decentralization reform demands detailed discussion and consultations with the representatives from all sides.

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On December 18, 2019, the committee of the Verkhovna Rada on the legal policy recommended the parliament to submit the draft amendment of the main law #2598 on the decentralization to the Constitutional Court.

The bill proposes to impose such regional administrative subdivisions as community, district, region and Autonomous Republic of Crimea. There is no mentioning of the special status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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It is planned to create a representative and executive bodies of local governance – district, regional council, their executive committees. The district council, regional council appoint and dismiss a chairman of the executive committee of the council and form the composition of this body on chairman’s submission.

It is offered to impose the institute of prefects for the administrative control over observance of the Constitution and laws. Thus, the prefect will be appointed and dismissed by the president on the submission of the Cabinet of Ministers. It is supposed that the prefect will stop the action of the local self-governance due to the disparity with the Constitution or laws of Ukraine.



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