While the Verkhovna Rada is on vacation, the Government and the President make decisions that will influence government bodies and people’s everyday life.
Today in our digest: medical staff gets extra money, the Cabinet creates a new ministry of strategic industries, and the President launches an advisory council on war veterans’ affairs.
Medical staff gets additional salary
Decision-maker: the Cabinet.
Who is affected: Ukrainian citizens, medics and other employees of healthcare establishments.
What does it change:
the Ministry of Healthcare will get additional ₴6 billion from Ukrainian Covid-19 fund to pay additional salaries to medical staff
state debt servicing will be down by ₴2.6 billion
Ukrainian Covid-19 fund will provide less money for unemployment insurance fund (by a ₴1 billion) and sole proprietor’s childcare support (by ₴500 million).
What is right: the Government provides additional financial support to medical staff that fights the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is wrong: additional salaries for medics are provided at the expense of those who had suffered losses because of lockdown restrictions and financial crisis caused by the pandemic.
The Cabinet creates a new Ministry on Strategic Industries
Decision-maker: the Cabinet.
Who is affected: Ukrainian citizens, business, and government bodies.
What does it change: there will be a new ministry in the Cabinet. It will take over some of the responsibilities of the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture.
What is right: the new ministry should boost defense sector and other Ukrainian strategic industries.
What is wrong: the Ministry has been created without a clear vision of its goals and insufficient data on industries it is supposed to look after.
What’s next: the Cabinet has to approve a resolution on the newly created ministry and define its agenda, goals, procedures, and the size of its staff.
Advisory board on war veterans’ affairs created
Decision-maker: the President.
Who is affected: government bodies, war veterans, families of the deceased defenders of Ukraine, people arbitrarily detained on the temporary occupied territories.
What does it change: an advisory and consultative body on war veterans’ affairs will be created under the President. The board will perform the following duties:
analyze implementation of state policy on social security of war veterans
develop proposals to make it easier for soldiers to receive a combatant status
enhance state policies on helping war veterans, families of the deceased defenders of Ukraine and people arbitrarily detained on the temporary occupied territories of Ukraine.
What is wrong: the President has no authority over policies on social security of the veterans and families’ of the deceased defenders of Ukraine. These policies are under the authority of the War Veterans Ministry, so the advisory board is an attempt to meddle in the established state policy.
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