The VRU Chairman Dmytro Razumkov signed Order №103 on convening an extraordinary plenary meeting in connection with the request of 160 MPs at 4 pm on April 29, 2021. The Parliament, according to Agenda, plans to consider only one issue: the Draft Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the appeal to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to take urgent measures to reduce the price of electricity for household consumers living in the 30-kilometer zone of nuclear power plants (5382). It was submitted by Yuliia Yatsyk and other MPs. The Committee recommends that this Draft Resolution be adopted as a basis and as a whole. The decree recommends that the Government set a preferential fixed price (tariff) for electricity for household consumers who permanently reside in the 30-kilometer zone of nuclear power plants, at 70 percent of the current tariff for the relevant population group.
The VRU Chairman Dmytro Razumkov signed Order №104 on convening an extraordinary plenary meeting in connection with the request of 154 MPs at 4:15 pm on April 29, 2021. The Parliament plans to consider 19 issues. The most important one – appointment of Herman Halushchenko as a Member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine – Minister of Energy of Ukraine. The Committee supported this candidacy for the post of Minister.
The Agenda also includes such important draft resolutions:
- Draft Resolution on Amendments to the Schedule of the Fifth Session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Ninth Convocation (5426 dated 26.04.2021), submitted by Oleksandr Korniienko. The draft resolution proposes to cancel the plenary meeting on April 30, providing for work in committees, commissions, parliamentary factions (groups). This proposal is debatable, given the need to complete the consideration of amendments to “land bill” 2195 as soon as possible and move towards constructive work.
- Draft Resolution on Amendments to the Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “On Election of Chairpersons, First Deputy, Deputy Chairpersons, Secretaries, Members of Committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Ninth Convocation” (5377 dated 14.04.2021), submitted by Serhii Kalchenko and other MPs – members of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Parliamentary Ethics and Administration of Verkhovna Rada’s Work. It is proposed:
- to elect Serhii Mandzii as a member of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management, relieving him of his duties as a member of the Committee on Human Rights, Deoccupation and Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories in Donetsk, Luhansk Regions and Autonomous Republic of Crimea, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations;
- to elect Serhii Rudyk as Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy.
The Agenda also includes Draft Law on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Prevention of Corruption” (on improving certain aspects of declaring) (5173 dated 26.02.2021), submitted by Roman Ivanisov and other MPs. According to the initiators of the bill, its task is to introduce a lower limit for the transfer to management of securities of minority “voucher” shareholders; exclusion of the requirement to indicate the account numbers on which the uncompensated savings of the Savings Bank of the USSR are accounted; creating an opportunity to indicate a number in the Unified State Demographic Register only if it is assigned to a person. Disadvantages: It should be noted that the Main Legal Department had to consider the draft law prepared for the second reading in a very short time, which does not allow for its proper consideration. However, the Department stressed that the draft was prepared without taking into account the requirements of Articles 116 (on the procedure for submitting proposals to the draft law) and 118 (on setting out the final version of the draft law) of the VRU Rules of Procedure. It is also noted by the Department that the draft does not comply with the constitutional principles of the rule of law and the definition of Ukraine as a state governed by the rule of law (Articles 1 and 8 of the Constitution of Ukraine), and it does not take into account the legal position of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.
It should be noted that the Agenda of the extraordinary plenary meeting does not reflect the main priorities that are important to society today and that should be considered by parliament.
It is also interesting that numerous draft resolutions aimed at cancellation of the VRU decision of April 15, 2021 on adoption in the second reading and as a whole of the bill 4535 are still not included in the Agenda.