Rules of Procedure

Analysis by the Program’s experts of the provisions of the Roadmap on Internal Reform and Capacity-Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

1. It should be noted that a detailed analysis by the Program’s experts of the Roadmap’s provisions shows that a number of its recommendations require no implementation actions. In particular this pertains to recommendations regarding quality of proposed legislation (Nos. 3-5). The current Rules of Procedure of the VR of Ukraine (below, Rules of Procedure) provide opportunities for implementing the measures specified in these recommendations.

Report on the Progress of Implementation of the Roadmap on Internal Reform and Capacity-Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

The USAID RADA Program (below, the Program), in association with its partners, took part in all events aimed at implementing the Roadmap on Internal Reform and Capacity-Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (below, the Program), starting from its presentation in 2015 and until the present time.

The state of implementation of the Roadmap on Internal Reform
and Capacity-Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Analysis of the Current State of Ukrainian Parliamentary Reform

After the Revolution of Dignity, the question arose about comprehensive reform of the Parliament’s work through amending its Rules of Procedure. On the one hand, this was caused by the necessity to bring provisions of the Rules of Procedure in compliance with the text of the Constitution approved at the end of February 2014, when the version of the Constitution that had been in force as of December 2004 was reinstated. It is deemed expedient to reform the Rules of Procedure by reinstating the version existing before the amendments adopted on October 16, 2010.

General Monitoring of the Sixth Session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of Eighth Convocation

In general, no gross violations of the Rules of Procedure were observed during the sixth session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of eighth convocation; therefore, we present our analysis of the work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from the viewpoint of compliance with the Law of Ukraine “On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine” with focus on specific components of the Parliament’s operation, pointing to positive and negative aspects that we noticed while monitoring the Rada’s activities.

Monitoring of Compliance with the Law of Ukraine “On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine” during the plenary week July 10-14, 2017

This week we can say again that there were no flagrant violations of the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada, except for the second reading of the draft law on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. As regards putting new draft laws and resolutions on the agenda this process is rather lively, whereas the processing of legislative acts already pending consideration cannot be described as successful. Of the 41 legislative acts (not counting resolutions) that were on the agenda during the July 10-14 plenary week, only 12 were reviewed.

Compliance with the Law of Ukraine “On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine” during the plenary week June 19-23, 2017

Even though there were no gross violations of the Rules of Procedure during this plenary week, it should be mentioned that the efficiency of the Parliament in the sphere of its lawmaking activity continues to be rather low. Except for that part of its work which relates to putting new draft laws and resolutions on the agenda, which is rather lively, the processing of legislative acts pending consideration cannot be described as successful. Of the 67 legislative acts included in the agenda of the June 19-23 plenary week, only 21 were considered.

Compliance with the Law of Ukraine “On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine” during the plenary week June 6-9, 2017

Compliance with the Law of Ukraine “On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine” during the plenary week June 6-9, 2017

During the plenary week under review, no gross violations of the Rules of Procedure were observed in the work of the chair of the meetings; however, there were a lot of things attesting to the fact that there had been no significant improvement so far in the work of Ukraine’s legislative body. It should be emphasized that this primarily results from the lack of parliamentary reform. At present, the main problem consists in the noncompliance of some provisions of the Rules of Procedure with the provisions of the current Constitution. This has been substantially slowing down the work of the Verkhovna Rada for three years and three months already.