The experts of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives have prepared the revised version of the Concept of amendments to the legislative acts of Ukraine on increasing the efficiency of the functioning of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (The “White Paper” of Ukrainian Parliamentarism). The research systematizes the key problems of the functioning of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and provides recommendations.
In 2008, the Agency for Legislative Initiatives analyzed the key factors affecting the Parliament’s performance of its law-making and controlling functions, weakening the links between the legislators with political parties, and isolating the Parliament from the needs and interests of society. The results of that analysis were used as the basis for the “Green Book” of Ukrainian parliamentarism, which came up with a list of key problems in the appropriate field. During 2009, the Agency for Legislative Initiatives worked out an array of recommendations outlining solution directions to these problems, which were set out in the “White Book” of Ukrainian parliamentarism. These recommendations have been discussed with individual legislators, researchers, representatives of the Administrative Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and regional experts. This document has been prepared on the basis of the earlier recommendations elaborated upon the results of expert discussions. It systematizes the key problems connected with the representative nature of the legislature, the Parliament’s performance of its legislative and controlling functions, and status of members of parliament of Ukraine (MP). The authors of this document hope that the results of pubic discussion on this document will serve as the basis for the final version of the “White Book” of Ukrainian parliamentarism, which is expected to become a roadmap for the parliamentary reform in Ukraine, as well as a basis for legislative initiatives aimed at improving the performance of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
This Project has become possible owing to the efficient cooperation between the Agency for Legislative Initiatives and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy within the framework of the Joint Project ‘DEVELOPING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENTARISM’.