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Parliament passed law on independence of national regulator

17.06.2021, 14:18
Photo credit: Ukrinform
Photo credit: Ukrinform

The Verkhovna Rada adopted Law №4107 “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Concerning the Independence of the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting”. This decision was made by the parliament on June 17 by 302 votes, as Ukrinform reported.

According to the law, the National Council is composed of eight people. Four members of the National Council are appointed by the Verkhovna Rada, four more are by the head of state. 

The term of office of the members of the National Council is five years from the date of appointment. The same person can be re-elected only once.

In accordance with the law, the parliament appoints members of the National Council to vacant positions on an alternative basis. The Verkhovna Rada appoints new members of the National Council within six months from the expiration of the term of office of the previous ones. At the same time, a member of the regulator continues to perform his duties until the day when a new member by the Verkhovna Rada is appointed, except in cases of early termination of powers. A person who got majority of votes of MPs of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada is considered to be a member of the National Council. 

The procedure for appointing new members of the regulator by the President of Ukraine lasts for one month from the date of termination of the powers of the previous members. The President may also establish a competition commission to select candidates for the position of a member (members) of the National Council.

The law also stipulates that a person who is a national of Ukraine and reside in Ukraine for at least five years; who have a higher education diploma and is a qualified specialist in journalism, law, television and radio broadcasting or electronic communications (with an experience of permanent employment in profession for at least five years); who speaks the official language in accordance with the level determined by the national commission on state language standards is entitled for the position of the member of the national regulator.

The law also determines the salaries of members of the regulator. According to this norm, the official salary of the chairman of the National Council is 12 subsistence minimum for able-bodied persons, established on January 1 of the calendar year (UAH 27,240), the first deputy chairman - 11.5 (UAH 26,105), the deputy chairman and the executive secretary - 11 (UAH 24,970), members - 10 (UAH 22,700).

This law shall enter into force on the day following the day of its publication.

It will be recalled that the Verkhovna Rada adopted the relevant bill in the first reading on December 15, 2020.

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