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MPs put bills on oligarchs on agenda

20.09.2021, 15:53
Photo credit: golos.com.ua
Photo credit: golos.com.ua

Two bills on de-oligarchization have been included in the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada of the current plenary week. The relevant decision was made by voting during the conciliation board, as Ukrinform reported.

Within the plenary week, on September 21-24, MPs will the bills №5599 “On prevention of threats to national security related to excessive influence of persons of significant economic or political importance in public life (oligarchs) and №5600 “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Ensuring Balance of Budget Revenues” consider in the second reading.

As IMI reported, on September 17, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence recommended that the parliament adopt in the second reading the bill #5599 on oligarchs.

On September 16, the Venice Commission started considering Ukraine's request to evaluate 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)".

On September 10, as IMI reported, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Dmytro Razumkov announced that the bill on deoligarchization had been submitted to the Venice Commission for examination .

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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