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06 September 2019, 17:45

VRada’s speaker sheds light on parliament’s recent arduous toil

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

The speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov explained the parliament’s speedy work of late

On September 5, within the frame of the ‘Right to Reign’ TV talk show the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov clarified that the large number of bills passed had been prompted by the need for quick and effective decisions. According to him, during the two plenary days of the newly elected Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, there have been made 176 decisions with quite a positive result. The minimum number of votes cast for a decision was 258 and the maximum was 390. Considering that the Servant of People faction is composed of 252 members of parliament, the rest of the votes belonged respectively to other factions or non-affiliated parliamentarians. In speaker’s opinion, this political spectrum does testify the consolidation of the session hall and goes against the thesis of "monopolization" or "dictatorship".

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov expressed his sincere gratitude to the political forces and Ukrainian parliamentarians, who had voted for the removal of parliamentary immunity.

The speaker also declared that he supports the continuation of the judicial and law enforcement reform while continuing to combat corruption. To do this, he said, many steps must be taken.

Dmytro Razumkov stated that the Verkhovna Rada is ready to send the said bills to the Venice Commission to obtain its conclusions. “This is a normal practice. Therefore, the people who do want to change something – they find routs, while those seeking to stay aloof they always find explanations why there is no reason to make moves, he specified and added, “I think that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the ninth convocation must meet the first criterion. And we must look for ways to resolve the problem in order to change and retrofit our state".

Touching upon the issue of freedom of expression in the country's highest legislative body, Dmytro Razumkov assured that journalists would never be restricted in their access to the parliament.

"Journalists do have and shall have an unhindered access to sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada," the politician highlighted, adding that the authorities would surely shield freedom of expression in Ukraine.