Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov at the beginning of the Government Hour confirmed that Prime Minister Denys Shmygal is present and clarified the time limits for speeches:
20 minutes for the speech from the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov about the process of negotiations in the Normandy format and negotiation process in the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine;
questions to Reznikov from faction and groups;
questions to the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine on European Integration, the Acting Minister of Education and Science Serhiy Shkarlet.
Questions to Reznikov from factions and groups:
The Servant of the People faction: peace process and amendments to the draft resolution on local elections
The European Solidarity faction: Minsk trilateral negotiation group visit to Donbas, the bill on transitional justice, road map confirmed during negotiations in the Normandy format, 100 hostages, peacekeepers.
Parliamentary group For the Future: the absence of the plan on how to finish the war.
Parliamentary group Trust: silence mode and elections.
The faction of the Holos Party: the majority in the Parliament and passing bills, promises of the Ukrainian side at a meeting of advisers in Berlin, agreement on the points of withdrawal of troops.
Batkivschyna faction: asked for being more polite when answering questions, a program of Donbas reintegration, breaches of the Constitution and deprivation from the right to vote.
Opposition Platform – For Life faction: slow temp of the peace process, consultations with the Parliament, item #4 of the draft resolution on local elections contradicts item #9 of Minsk agreements.
Questions to Shkarlet:
Parliamentary group Trust: mechanism of teachers protections, insurances for teachers.
The faction of the Holos Party: failure of school preparations, and External independent testing, 90% of plagiarism in Shkarlet’s papers, his resignation from the post, standard on secondary education.
The European Solidarity faction: decision on special anti-corruption prosecutor's office and possible cancellation of visa-free regime with the EU, Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov joined local elections (question to the Prime Minister, answered Shmygal).
Opposition Platform – For Life faction: COVID-19 and education process, when studying online will be necessary.
Parliamentary group For the Future: the creation of a working group on salaries increase for teachers; reconstruction of college.
The Servant of the People faction: redistribution of budget funds for education; reconstruction of college.
Batkivschyna faction: strategy of education development, subvention to the new Ukrainian school.
Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Olena Kondratiuk: schools and Internet connections.
The Government Hour ended at 11.08 a.m.
Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko presented the draft Law "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2021". He informed that the GDP increase for the year 2021 should be 4.6% after its decrease by 4.8%. Marchenko named the Budget 2021 as a budget of possibilities for development. Among priorities for financing he mentioned: increase in minimum wage up to UAH 6500, indexation of pensions, accessible service, COVID packet, new Ukrainian school, culture and sport, defense, military support, grand construction, railways, cyber economy, and regional development.
MPs adopted as final 2 draft resolutions #4057 and # 4082, on the appeal to the Cabinet of Ministers to take urgent measures to ensure a safe educational process and quality education in the conditions of quarantine introduced to prevent the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (274 and 277 votes in favor) and draft resolution # 4108 on the safety of pedagogical staff of general secondary and vocational (vocational and technical) education institutions during the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic (277).
Razumkov closed the sitting at 1.40 p.m.