Press Briefing «Parliamentary Reform: Assessment of Results and Agenda for the New Authorities»

On May 23, 2019, in the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center hosted a press briefing «Parliamentary Reform: Assessment of Results and Agenda for the New Authorities».

The experts of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives presented its assessment of the implementation of parliamentary reform and proposed its agenda for parliamentary reform for the new authorities: 

  • Svitlana Matviyenko, Chairwoman of the Board of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives;
  • Oleksandr Zaslavskyi, Director of the Analytical Department of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives.

Oleksandr Zaslavskyi, Director of the Analytical Department of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, said that the reform of the Verkhovna Rada was completed only by 41.8%. Alexander evaluated the status of implementation of key recommendations of the Roadmap on Internal Reform and Institutional Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and stressed:

Those of reforms that depend on MP`s implemented slowest. About 50 initiatives were registered. None of these documents has been adopted as a whole, only 2 – passed the first reading. Initiatives are more advanced, which did not depend on MP`s and could be resolved by the efforts of Apparatus of the VRU.

Svitlana Matviyenko, Chairwoman of the Board of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, presented Reform of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine: Way Forward and 7 immediate steps of the parliamentary reform to be taken:

This is not an exhaustive list of steps to be taken to ensure the implementation of parliamentary reform and further development of parliamentarism in Ukraine. Without these steps, the parliament will continue to be in the orbit of the President’s influence, whoever he is, whatever political forces he represents and goals he pursues. A strong parliament is a parliament with a modern parliamentary service,  with high ethical standards of people’s deputies, with clear, transparent and effective legislative procedures.

The experts of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives noted that it was possible to implement the Roadmap recommendations in a year and a half. The reason for the inhibition of parliamentary reform is the lack of political will and the general coordination of all those who depend on decision-making.

Video of the press briefing «Parliamentary Reform: Assessment of Results and Agenda for the New Authorities»

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