Parliament holds "an Hour of Questions to the Government" in a new format

Fri, 22/12/2017 - 10:30

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy informed about the change of the format of "an Hour of Questions to the Government". Now, the representatives of all factions, and after them - people's deputies will ask questions to the Government. Parubiy noted that such an innovation was agreed during a meeting on the reform of the Ukrainian Parliament, which took place on November 22-24 in France between representatives of the factions and groups of the Verkhovna Rada with European partners in the format of the Jean Monnet Dialogue for peace and democracy led by Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament 2002-2004 . The Jean Monnet Dialogue format is a platform for communication between the various political forces of the Verkhovna Rada concerning reforms and the improvement of the functioning of parliamentarism.

Thus, today's "Hour" was organized in such a way that 20 minutes were allocated for 2 speeches from government representatives, 20 minutes for questions from representatives of factions, and another 20 minutes for questions from people's deputies.

Corresponding changes took place following the recommendations set at the USAID RADA Program roundtable on "Hour of questions to the Government as a tool of parliamentary control" organized on October 13. During the public discussion people's deputies, representatives of the executive branch, Members of the Working Group on Parliamentary reform, the staff of the VR Secretariat and experts emphasized the need to structurize the Hour of questions, to change an order of its realization and to adhere to the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada.

Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk reported on the achievements in the development of the cultural sphere, namely the successful launch of the functional audit of the Ministry of Culture with the support of the European Commission; the use of new technologies in the development of culture; the establishment of new types of institutions, such as the Ukrainian Book Institute and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

First deputy minister at Ministry of economic development and trade of Ukraine Maksym Nefyodov delivered a speech about the reform of the inspection service: a system for monitoring and overseeing the business that would promote its development and improve the business climate.

Issues raised by the representatives of factions: the base of preservation of artillery shells in Sarny and the problem of obtaining land by servicemen; economic policy on poverty reduction; arrest of a spy in the Cabinet of Ministers, medical reform and appointment of the Minister of Health; treatment of children abroad, continuation of work of the working group on this issue and arrears of wages to employees of Issuer - Public Joint Stock Company "Cherkasyoblenergo"; Support to the State Scientific Test Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Chernihiv; recalculation of pensions for servicemen and outflow of trained flight personnel; use of a law enforcement system to combat political opponents.

Question raised by the people's deputies: adoption of a bill on gas accounting and monetization of subsidies; disadvantages of pension reform; Ukraine's commitment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the creation of Anti-corruption courts and secret agreements between the Prosecutor General's Office (GPU) and the leadership of PrivatBank; wages to Volyn miners; allocation of funds on the building of road Zhytomyr - Khmelnytskyi - Kamianets-Podilskyi - Chernivtsi; consideration of the bill on privatization and the problem of the appointment of the head of the State Property Fund.

Parliament finished the "hour of questions to the Government" in a new format at 11.32 a.m. after the closing statement by the Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman.