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Bill on deoligarchization sent to Venice commission

10.09.2021, 16:38
Photo credit: RBC Ukraine
Photo credit: RBC Ukraine

The de-oligarchization bill has been sent for examination to the Venice Commission, but the Verkhovna Rada can start considering it,  until the commission issues its conclusion. The Chairman of the parliament Dmytro Razumkov said at a briefing on September 10, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"It has been sent ... If we send any given bill to the Venice Commission, there is no obligation of the Verkhovna Rada to expect ... the conclusion of the Venice Commission," as Dmytro Razumkov said.

The Chairman reminded that four opposition factions and the representative of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova had demanded to launch procedure to get a conclusion of the Venice Commission regarding the bill.

As IMI reported, on September 3, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova addressed an official letter to the Chairman of Parliament pointing at the inconsistency of the draft law with the Constitution. Denisova said the bill on oligrachs conflicted with the Constitution. She addressed an official letter to the Chairmen of the Parliament Dmytro Razumkov, pointing at inconsistency of the draft law №5599 “On Prevention of Threats to National Security Related to Excessive Influence of Persons Who Have Significant Economic or Political Weight in Public Life (Oligarchs)", "In my opinion, in order to abide with rights and freedoms of citizens and to prevent its violations, while adopting this legislative initiative, this is indispensible to refer it to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) before the second reading," Denisova suggested.

As IMI reported, on July 1, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill #5599 " On Prevention of Threats to National Security Related to Excessive Influence of Persons Who Have Significant Economic or Political Weight in Public Life (Oligarchs)" in first reading.

On June 2, President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted the bill to the Verkhovna Rada as of high priority.

On May 20, Zelensky announced the bill on de-oligarchization was to be issued next days, the bill which, in particular, would weaken the oligarchs' influence on the media. 

On May 27, “Dzerkalo Tyzhdnya” (zn.ua) edition got acquainted with the text of the bill "On Oligarchs" (elaborated by a working group in the Ministry of Justice) and looked insight its main provisions. The edition claimed that the bill "On Oligarchs" risks becoming a law on media raiding.

The President's Office said that the content of the bill on oligarchs published by ZN.UA did not correspond to the text prepared by the OP. 

IMI Executive Director Oksana Romanyuk found that the bill "On Oligarchs", published by ZN.UA, lays the foundations for a major repartition of the media market and its switchover to the shadows.

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