Rules of Procedure

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:

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.

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