Verkhovna Rada supports amendments to Constitution in first reading

Verkhovna Rada has adopted the draft law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization of power No. 2217a in the first reading.

The decision was supported by 265 MPs at the required minimum of 226, Censor.NET reports.

The bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization of power was presented in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by Ukrainian president's representative in the Parliament, Poroshenko Bloc faction MP Stepan Kubiv.

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As reported earlier, July 31, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine approved the bill as consistent with the Constitution of Ukraine and not aimed at liquidation of Ukraine's independence or violation of its territorial integrity.

Bill's final adoption requires at least 300 votes of the parliamentarians.

According to its explanatory note, the document provides for change of certain provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of administrative and territorial structure. In particular, it reads that the territory of Ukraine is divided into communities, being a primary unit in the system of administrative and territorial structure of Ukraine.

Also, the bill provides for separation of powers in the system of local self-governments and their executive bodies at different levels based on the principle of subsidiarity, which corresponds to the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

It stipulates for establishment of local self-government executive bodies within communities, being accountable to community council. Community chairman presides at council meetings and heads the community local self-government executive body. District council and regional council in their turn have to elect a corresponding chairman from among their members, who is to head board's executive committee.

Material and financial scope of local self-government is introduced. In particular, it is determined that such a scope comprises land, movable and immovable property, natural resources, and other objects being in the communal property of a territorial community; local taxes and fees, some state taxes and other revenues of local budgets.

"However, decentralization does not lead to weakening of the central government in terms of defense, foreign policy, national security, rule of law, respect for human rights and freedoms," the note reads. In order to ensure that local authorities comply with the Constitution and laws of Ukraine the institute of prefects is introduced.

According to the bill, a prefect is appointed and dismissed by the president of Ukraine upon a submission by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n349886