World café on parliamentary ethics


On February, 24, the dialogue platform on parliamentary ethics met in the format of the world café.

On the margins of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine MPs Sergei Leshchenko, Svetlana Zalishchuk, Ostap Yednak, Oleksiy Ryabchin, Grigory Shverk discussed ethical dilemmas concerning:

  • how to prevent MPs’ indecent behavior;
  • how to regulate the content and timing of MP’s speech in the voting chamber;
  • how to prevent the domination of individual parliamentarians in the debate, deviations from the topic of discussion, the use of the parliamentary tribune for self-advertisement;
  • how to prevent non-personal voting;
  • how to regulate the MP’s lexicon during his / her speeches in the voting chamber.

This discussion format encourages better understanding of issues and allows for many views and opinions, and at the same time, thanks to the constant rotation of group members, presents the discussion point in different contexts.

The proposed topic also included problems of non-parliamentary language, dress code, lack of gender-sensitive language, behavior during sessions etc.

At the end of the event MP Grigory Shverk also signed the Declaration of Intent on development of the Parliamentary Code of Conduct.

The text of the Declaration


The activities are carried out within the project of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives “Promoting Democratic Political Culture in Verkhovna Rada through Political Dialogue and Ethical Standards”, carried out with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine in partnership with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) “Strengthening Dialogue among Civil Society and with Key Governmental Stakeholders in Ukraine in Human Dimension” and with the assistance of the RADA Program.