Rules of Procedure

Implementation of parliamentary reform

  • February-March 2018

One of the key reforms is the parliamentary reform, which is focused on strengthening the Parliament’s institutional capacity and ensuring fulfillment of its main functions: legislative, oversight, and representative. Effective performance of these functions directly impacts the quality of legislation, oversight of the implementation of laws, and representation of the interests of the entire state as well as of the individual voters.

The problems that the parliamentary reform is meant to address include the following:

Implementation of parliamentary reform

(January-February 2018)

One of the key reforms is the parliamentary reform, which is focused on strengthening the Parliament’s institutional capacity and ensuring fulfillment of its main functions: legislative, oversight, and representative. Effective performance of these functions directly impacts the quality of legislation, oversight of the implementation of laws, and representation of the interests of the entire state as well as of the individual voters.

The problems that the parliamentary reform is meant to address include the following:

Monitoring of Compliance with the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine during the 7th Session of 8th Convocation

I. Meeting of the Conciliation Board of Deputy Factions (Deputy Groups)

1. The complete name of the event, “Meeting of the Conciliation Board of Deputy Factions (Deputy Groups)” (below, the CB), was not given on the main page of the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Instead, meetings of “the Conciliation Board” were announced.

On putting on the agenda a number of draft laws (main and alternative) on the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine

The website of the VR of Ukraine has presented the weekly agenda of the 8th session of the VR of Ukraine of 8th convocation for the February 5 to 9, 2018, plenary week. This draft must be discussed at the meeting of the Conciliation Board of deputy factions and deputy groups on Monday, February 5.

On consideration of draft laws “On the High Anti-Corruption Court”

On September 30, 2016, Law of Ukraine No. 1401-8 “On Amending the Constitution of Ukraine (Concerning Justice)” and Law of Ukraine No. 1402-8 “On the Judicial System and the Status of Judges” (new version) took effect; these Laws provided for the creation, within the judicial system, of the High Anti-Corruption Court with the status of a high specialized court. Before the High Anti-Corruption Court is created and starts functioning, however, a Law regulating the procedure for its formation and operation must be adopted.

Monitoring of the work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on November 6-10, 2017

To start with, it should be noted that, for the first time in the parliamentary history of Ukraine, all meetings of the Verkhovna Rada were conducted in Ukrainian. This pertains not only to the work of the chairs but also to all statements made from the rostrum or from the floor as well as to the questions and answers, which were voiced exclusively in the state language.

Meeting of the Conciliation Board

List of Recommendations for the Conference “The Role of the Parliament, the Head of State, the Government and the Public in Improving Legislative Process Quality”

12.12.2017

Improving legislative process quality is an urgent present-day need, in view of the necessity for carrying out a number of most pressing legal reforms in different areas of social life requiring optimization specifically of the legislative procedure.

The problem of poor quality legislation is caused by the following factors:

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