USAID RADA Program Chief of Party on results of parliamentary reform and further tasks

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:45

Ihor Kogut, Chief of Party of the USAID RADA Program, spoke about the riority tasks and role of the Program at the conference "Parliamentary Reform: Retrospective and Perspectives" on March 6. 

From parliamentary reform to revolution in the lawmaking procedure:

  • What makes he parliamentary reform different from the other reforms?

Qualitative law is a condition for the implementation of any reform
- The legislative process should not be a "bottleneck" for ambitious reforms
- The task of the Government and the Parliament should be not only "necessary" solutions, but also qualitative decisions (this is the principle of good governance)
- Today 2/3 of the decisions made by the Parliament - changes and additions to the legislation, testifying to the low quality of project preparation

  • What do you need to change in the legislative process?

Principles:
• The same rules/approaches/standards for legislative proposals and legislative procedures

• Parliamentary control over the implementation of laws

  • Tools:

• Classification of laws and modernization of voting principles
• Monitoring the implementation of the law; impact assessment on policy; reviewing policy, studying court practice and making amendments
• Professional analytical support for bills
• Facilitating cooperation between Parliament, Government and the President in reviewing the lawmaking procedure in order to enhance the role of the Parliament in making legislative decisions that will ensure qualitative reforms and increase the credibility.

  • Formats:

- "White papers" to explain and discuss the goals of the bill, to find a political consensus around the objectives of the bill and the ways to achieve them.
- Public consultations
- Office providing one standard drafting of draft laws by request of the people's deputies of Ukraine
- Creation of an independent parliamentary service and research service
- White Paper and supporting documents - the answer to the question of the impact of the bill in various areas (financial and economic justification, corruption risks, stakeholder map, gender expertise, compliance with the Association Agreement and coherence with the EU Directives, environmental impact, etc.). )
- Classification of laws and modernization of voting principles (second reading, by the majority of those present in the session hall)
-Mmonitoring the implementation of the law, assessing the impact on politics, reviewing policy and amending (strengthening the control function of parliamentary committees, the need to form the Accounting Chamber)

  •  What should we start?

Preparation and discussion of a "green paper" on the reform of the lawmaking process with a view to preparing a draft law "On Laws and Legislation" and introducing the necessary amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine"

  • USAID RADA PROGRAM

The USAID RADA will mobilize its expertise, engaging all stakeholders to effectively assist the Parliament, Government and the President of Ukraine in reviewing the lawmaking process and the legislative process to significantly increase the role of the Parliament and adopt quality legislative decisions that will ensure reforms and increase accountability.