Petition to the judges of the Constitutional Court, Anti-Corruption policy, and draft government budget-2021: decisions by MPs

06 November 2020
Petition to the judges of the Constitutional Court, Anti-Corruption policy, and draft government budget-2021: decisions by MPs
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The Parliament’s work during the first week after the local elections will be remembered not only because of the “constitutional crisis”. MPs also addressed other issues of state importance. Today in our digest: the anti-corruption policy for the next 5 years, adoption of the draft government budget, and a petition to the judges of the Constitutional Court.

Petition to the judges of the Constitutional Court

What do MPs want: a number of MPs urged the judges of the Constitutional Court that had supported the abolishment of the system of electronic asset declarations to voluntary resign.

Who is affected: the judges of the Constitutional Court, MPs, Ukrainian citizens, business, and the state.

What is right: though the petition can be interpreted as pressure on judges of the Constitutional Court, among all the solutions proposed in the draft bills a voluntary resignation is the one most in line with the Constitution.

Additional information: the petition is not a parliamentary legislative act but a private initiative of a group of MPs. The appeal has been signed by 226 MPs, i.e. the majority of parliamentarians.

Anti-Corruption policy for 2020-2024 (4135)

Status: adopted in the first reading. MPs can still submit amendments.

Who is affected: Ukrainian citizens, government bodies, local government, the Cabinet, the Parliament, the President, and judges.

What does the bill change:

  • sets goals and procedures for government bodies’ activities to fight corruption in 2020-2024
  • proposes to enhance the efficiency of corruption prevention along the following lines:
  • development and implementation of an anti-corruption policy
  • promotion of a negative attitude towards corruption
  • financial control measures
  • whistleblowers’ protection
  • ensuring the inevitability of punishment
  • defines priorities in corruption prevention for a number of institutions: judiciary, prosecution, police, customs, tax service, etc.

What is right:

  • an Anti-Corruption policy is one of the key documents concerning fighting and preventing corruption. The policy is required by the Law on Preventing Corruption
  • the document has been developed by a cooperative effort of a number of public institutions: ministries, central executive bodies, and other interested public institutions.

Voted for the bill: all factions and groups.

Draft government budget-2021 (4000)

Status: adopted in the first reading. The Cabinet still has time to amend the draft.

Who is affected: Ukrainian citizens, business, government bodies, local government, doctors, teachers, servicemen, pensioners, etc.

What does it change:

  • the Parliament has adopted the draft government budget in the first reading and proposed recommendations for the Cabinet on how to amend the draft
  • expected government budget-2021 revenue is ₴1.071 trillion, expected expenditures are ₴1.330 trillion. Thus, the planned budget deficit will be over ₴250 billion — almost ¼ of the total budget.

Why this is important: a government budget is one of the most important documents for the state. It defines state priorities in each policy for the next year: where the state will allocate money and which spheres will be supported the most. Timely adoption of a government budget is important for the proper functioning of all state institutions, in particular the timely adoption of local budgets.

Whats nextthe draft budget should be adopted in the second reading before November 20, 2020, finalized — before December 1.

Voted for the bill: Servant of the People and Batkivshchyna factions, groups For the Future and Trust.

 

The Parliament has also considered draft bills on strengthening the parliamentary oversight over the executive branch (4131) and further implementation of the decentralization reform (3651-d(for more details, check our previous digest). Both bills have been adopted in the first reading, MPs can still submit their amendments.