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MP proposed to repeal provision on funding NPTU of 0,2 % from state budget

21.10.2020, 16:36
Photo credit: suspilne.media
Photo credit: suspilne.media

An MP from “Servant of the People” has submitted the draft law №4230 aiming to stimulate the efficiency of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (NPTU) and optimization of public funds ", said “Suspilne.Detektor Media”reported.

In particular, the author of the bill proposed to revoke the provision from the State Budget on mandatory state funding of the Public broadcaster in the amount of 0.2% (paragraph 3 of Article 14). 

The MP called to stop funding the NPTU, for which, as he said, billions have been allocated from year to year. “The management of the TV and radio company has already сompletely discredited itself in recent times. "The point that spoke for oneself was withdrawal of Maksym Tkachuk fromnational selection for Junior Song Contest "Eurovision-2020", he said.

Oleksandr Kachura proposed as well сancel restrictions on the amount of advertising that should come into force in the fifth year of the company's existence.

In addition, the MP proposed to strenghten certain powers to the Supervisory Board of NPTU, which it currently has been performing, for example: development and approvement of regulations on the competition for the election of the Chairman of the Board and members of the Board; consideration of the results (conclusion) of the annual audit.

Since 2017, the newly created Public Broadcaster has never got full-scale funding from the state.

As IMI reported, the government budgeted 2 billion 274 million 158 thousand hryvnias for financial support of the NPTU for 2021.

On April 13, 2020, at an extraordinary session the Verkhovna Rada approved amendments to the Law on the national budget for 2020, which, in particular, provided 1.5 billion UAH (reduced by 178 million UAH) for the financial support to the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine.

In 2020, the state budget of Ukraine allocated UAH 1 billion 711 million 516 thousand for the financing of NPTU, which was UAH 300 million less than provided by the Law "On Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine".

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