Today MPs will close the 3rd and open the 4th parliamentary session. However, before that the deputies should adopt in the first reading the draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice. And indeed the 4th parliamentary session will not «next», and «any other next session», not necessarily regular. Such changes Happy made to the regulations last week to extend their terms of adoption in the second reading amendments to the Constitution on decentralization. It was the last controversial decision of the deputies at this session.
In fact, it is generally held the 3rd session of Parliament was rich in events: the majority of the deputies live for the first time saw the Vice-President of the USA Joe Biden, and some are lucky enough to speak with him in private. For many, these six months were distinguished by the skill to row, to leave the ranks of their native factions and to question expected for Ukraine visa-free regime.
The third autumn-winter session of Parliament started on September 2. No sooner had the deputies to move away from adoption in the first reading amendments to the Constitution on decentralization at the end of August, by grenades under walls are Glad that killed 4 natsgvardia, and exit from the coalition of the Radical party, as a surprise was prepared by the state office of public Prosecutor. By the evening of 17 September, under the dome personally complain to the Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. He showed MPs a video in which Mosiychuk agrees to receive bribes for lobbying someone’s interests. Further Mosiychuk says that a request to the Deputy address is worth up to $10 thousand, and the Deputy application – $3-5 thousand Under shouts «shame» and «Prison,» and fight the «radicals» with the deputies from other factions at the podium, Rada gave its consent to the detention and arrest of MP from the RP.
Next and the most significant positive development of the 3rd session of the Parliament was the visit by Vice U.S. President Joe Biden: on 8 December he made his first appearance from the rostrum of the Ukrainian Parliament. After the second visit of Barack Obama public face of the USA in Ukraine dubbed historic.
In October, Happy almost did not work. On the eve of local elections on 25 October, the deputies went on forced vacation, not to turn the Parliament into a platform of populism. After the local elections and returning to work, Glad began to adopt the package of laws necessary for the abolition of visas with the EU. But in this matter, under the dome was not a unified opinion. First, the Parliament could not amend prohibiting employment discrimination of sexual minorities in the Labour code. Then the main stumbling block in the voting of the package of laws for visa liberalization were the laws on arrest and specefication of property of corrupt officials. Also greatly complicated the seizure of the suspect.
As a result, the MPs have adopted laws on specefication and arrest with absurd rules on «maybe blow over», but the camera insisted that the laws will be sent for assessment to Brussels. And if the Europeans tell them to rewrite it, Happy will.
And all of the promises together forgotten, if not for the European Commission. In its report on Ukraine in the issue of visa liberalization one of the items on the EC recommended that the Ukrainian Parliament to rewrite the laws of specefication and to seize property of corrupt officials. Than Happy and are already on 4-th spring-summer session.
The next landmark and at the same time scandalous event of the 3rd session of the Verkhovna Rada was the adoption of the state budget for 2016.
However, already in the beginning of January, experts sounded the alarm: the budget amendment found scandalous faction Volodymyr Mysyk, which takes the introduction of electronic Declaration system in Ukraine from 1 April 2016 to 1 January 2017. MPs promise to cancel it, because the launch of electronic Declaration system meets the new anti-corruption body – the national Agency for corruption prevention (NACP). The beginning of its work until April 1, 2016 – our commitment to the EU to introduce visa-free regime. However, last week the Verkhovna Rada did not even bother to raise the issue in the agenda: all seven attempts did not gain the required number of votes.
Because of the scandal around the NACP the ranks of the BPP left the Pro-presidential member of the Agency Viktor Chumak. But he’s not the only one who in protest resigned from the PPB. A month earlier slammed the door Mykola Tomenko due to the fact that, in his opinion, Parliament formed a new coalition – «popular front», BPP, «Radical party», «Renaissance» and «the will of the people». However, of a koalitsiad is necessary in the Parliament will continue with «any other next session», which starts today, and I am Glad may be another, extraordinary, writes Christina Zelenyuk in the article «outcomes of the third session of Parliament: violations of the rules before fleeing deputies from BPP» in the newspaper «Today».
February 2, speaker of the Verkhovna Rada will close the third session of the Parliament and will open a fourth. In Parliament expect the President Petro Poroshenko.
«I think the fourth session will be no less productive (than the third session. — Ed.)», — said the speaker Volodymyr Groysman.
It is planned that today the deputies in the first reading will accept changes to the Constitution in terms of justice. And it is likely that until the spring of the law may come into effect.
With respect to the constitutional changes related to decentralization and transitional provisions to the fundamental law concerning local self-government in separate regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, among the deputies there continues to be no unity. The faction «people’s front» and «Batkivschyna», «Samopomich» Radical party and clearly stated that their deputies for any price will not vote for such changes.
The fourth session will be marked and personnel shuffles in the government. All factions are Welcome (except the «Popular front») calling for the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
«We invite the coalition to submit three proposals for the position of head of the Cabinet of Ministers», — announced the head of the faction «Samopomich» Oleg Berezyuk.
The formula of «three candidates» was picked up by «veterans». However, somewhat altered.
«We offer factions to discuss personnel appointments and the Prime Minister to propose three candidates for each position to assign the best», — said the head of the faction «people’s front» Maxim Burbak.
Political analysts say that Arseniy Yatsenyuk will be able to stay in the Premiership until March — may. And then… Either the reformatting of the coalition (the chances are miniscule. — Ed.), or early elections.
«40 percent that the elections will be held in autumn, and 60 — that the elections will be held in the spring of 2017,» — said the head of the Center «Third sector» Andrei Zolotarev.
Leaders of the coalition factions intend as soon as possible through the session hall of the bill, which allows parties to change their electoral lists after the announcement of election results. This legislative initiative was dubbed «law of the dictatorship of party leaders.»
«Law No. 3700 is needed in order to open the transition in the government of the deputies of the MFP. But an ambush — a transition is not possible yet, because now the first in the queue on the passage to the deputies on the list of the PPB is Andrei Bogdan, attorney Gennady Korban, «he pointed to the pitfalls of a document by the MP from the PPO Sergey Leshchenko. According to Andrew Bogdan, this bill is a time bomb. The document will allow to manipulate the will of citizens.
Also at that session, MPs will continue to pass bills necessary for Ukraine’s visa-free regime with the EU. In particular, the parliamentarians will need to start the system of electronic Declaration of incomes and expenses of civil servants, to give the green light for part-time justice, writes Elena Galagi in the article «a New season in Parliament: the resignation Loud and party of war» in the newspaper «KP in Ukraine».
One of the first questions people’s deputies plan to consider in the first reading amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice. Recall that unlike the previous version of the bill in the Supreme Rada has the right to Express no confidence in the attorney General. Also envisaged is the abolition of immunity of judges and their automatic dismissal in case of not passing re-certification. Yesterday the constitutional court found the document relevant to the Basic law.
With regard to the annual report of the government, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Verkhovna Rada plans to hear from 16-19 February. This was reported to journalists by the speaker Volodymyr Groisman. According to the results of the report, parliamentarians will decide whether to update the composition of the government. However, as noted Volodymyr Groysman, personnel rotation should be preceded by an update of the coalition agreement and plan of tasks.
However, the leader of the Samopomich Oleh Berezyuk said that «patching» the government «to anything good will not, except for the tension in the society and uncertainty about political and economic development of the country.» He believes that the Cabinet needs to be replaced completely, including the Prime Minister. Earlier, the representative of the faction of Samopomich Tatiana Ostrakova talked about the possible withdrawal of political force from coalition, if the government is not dismissed in full.
However, the leader of the faction «Block of Petro Poroshenko» Yuriy Lutsenko is sure that the Verkhovna Rada expression of no confidence in the Cabinet, which entails the dismissal of all the Ministers, including the Prime Minister, is fraught with political crisis, early parliamentary elections and economic losses.
«This is at least four months of irresponsible talk, of the tenth wave of populism. We spend billion of public funds, will lose four months of political time, to hold in Parliament the deputies. You must leave political stability for attracting investment and development of the Ukrainian economy. To do this, we look forward to working with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the main thing that he wanted to work with us,» said Yuriy Lutsenko in the air of one of TV channels. We will remind, earlier Arseny Yatsenyuk made it clear that if the Parliament will vote for its resignation, then the «popular front» will leave the coalition.
Anyway, on the issue scheduled for the second half of February the report of the government, Yuriy Lutsenko noted that previous week will be devoted to close communication of the Prime Minister with the coalition factions. «I am sure that if Arseniy Yatseniuk can agree on a new team of professionals, which will support the factions of the coalition, we get a new government headed by Yatsenyuk and the most effective, receiving necessary laws. If you start the battle party ambitions or personal issues ultimatums, it will not work», — stated the parliamentarian. This writes Alexander Mikhailov in the article «Expression of no confidence in the Cabinet is fraught with political crisis, early parliamentary elections and economic losses – Lutsenko» in the newspaper «Facts and comments».
2 February. Press review. Starts the fourth session of the Rada: what to expect from MPs 02.02.2016