As of morning Feb. 1, the Ukrainian legislation electronic database indicates that the law has not taken effect yet, Censor.NET reports.
Similar situation occurred in 2014 around the adoption of the purge law. After the president signed the document, it took Holos Ukrainy newspaper six days to promulgate the law, as required for its entry into force. Further on, the law was reported to have been substantially amended during the said waiting period.
As previously reported, the law on the State Bureau of Investigations was publicly signed by the president on Jan. 14. Before, the law was voted on Nov. 12, signed by Speaker Volodymyr Hroisman on Nov. 24 and forwarded to Petro Poroshenko. According to the Constitution, the president has 15 days to sign the law received from the speaker of the parliament.
Censor.NET has sent an official request to the Verkhovna Rada to clarify the issue.
Along with the law on the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption adopted on the same day, the law on the State Bureau of Investigations is repeatedly said to be one of the acts required to obtain a visa-free regime with the EU.
Over 162,000 Ukrainian citizens entered EU without visas, only 55 denied entry, - State Border Service(0)
More than 30,000 Ukrainians entered EU without visas, with few grounded refusals, - Foreign Ministry(0)