Historic vote: Rada adopts law on civil service

The draft law on civil service has passed the second reading in the Verkhovna Rada and been adopted in general. From now on, the administrative and political posts of officials will be set apart.

The bill was supported by 261 MPs, Censor.NET informs.

Speaker of Parliament Volodymyr Hroisman called the vote historic.

It is noteworthy that the bill was supported by two Opposition Bloc MPs and one deputy from Vidrodzhennia group. Poroshenko Bloc gave 104 votes, People's Front - 81, Samopomich - 22, Radical Party - 1, Volia Narodu - 13, Batkivshchyna - 17.

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The law defines the principles, legal and organizational basis of civil service, parliament website notes.

It provides for separating political and administrative posts at government agencies as well as holding open competitions for the appointment of officials. In addition, the system of disciplinary responsibility of civil servants gets an exhaustive list of reasons for imposing a disciplinary action.

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In financial terms, the bill actually abolishes special pensions, extra vacations, and bonuses to individual branches of the bureaucracy.

The Ukrainian president, his press secretary, advisers, commissioners and press secretaries, Verkhovna Rada speaker secretariat staff and deputies, assistants and advisers of MPs and judges are deprived of the status of civil servant. The law also stipulates that ministers and their deputies can not be regarded as civil servants as their positions are political in nature.

From now on, the secretariat of the Cabinet, ministries and other executive bodies (excluding servitorial staff), regional state administrations, prosecutor's offices and military authorities, as well as foreign offices are granted the status of civil servant. All they are deprived of the right to be members of any political forces.

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The law has been passed with remarks announced during the discussion. It will enter into force on May 1, 2016.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n364545