130 days ago as a result of the Revolution of Dignity and escape of former President Viktor Yanukovych the new majority was formed in the Parliament of Ukraine. It mainly consists of political parties that were standing side by side with the people on the Maidan, defending democratic vector of Ukraine.
In order not to repeat the mistakes that were made a decade ago (the society after the Orange Revolution in 2004 were distanced from politics) the social activists and experts decided to continue active work to build the better Ukraine. Therefore, in January 2014 there was established an initiative Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR), bringing together more than 200 experts, activists, journalists, academics, human rights activists, who develop draft laws, seek their approval and control the implementation of reform laws.
For the effective cooperation between the experts and parliamentarians in March 2014 the cross-fraction deputy union “Platform of Reforms” was formed consisting of 26 lawmakers. The union is governed by 5 Co-Chairs: national deputy Yuriy Derev’yanko (independent), Pavlo Rizanenko (fraction “UDAR”), Andriy Shevchenko (fraction “Batkivshchyna”), Yurii Syrotiuk (fraction “Svoboda”), Yuri Blagodyr (group “Sovereign European Ukraine”).
4 of July, joint meeting of RPR experts and “Platform of Reforms” deputies was held at Verkhovna Rada in order to sum up the results of cooperation during the first 130 days of the new parliamentary majority, “We could not have imagined that this meeting would be chaired by the representatives of the ruling faction and civil society activists, said the co-chair of the inter-fractional union “Platform of Reforms”, deputy from faction “Svoboda”, Yuri Syrotiuk, at the meeting opening. – We create the open lobbying mechanisms. RPR is an example of white, positive and good lobbying when there are public groups, deputy groups and this work has a positive impact.”
Within 130 days of the new parliamentary majority the activists of Reanimation Package of Reforms in cooperation with deputies union “Platform of Reforms” have made the adoption of 10 laws:
The Law on State Procurements No. 2207 and No. 4587; and the Law of Ukraine on Access to Public Information No. 0947; the Law on Restoring Confidence in the Judiciary System No. 4378-1; Law on Public Broadcasting in Ukraine No. 1076; amendments to the Criminal Code necessary for visa liberalization No. 4556; Law on Standardization No. 4585; Law on Metrology and Metrological Activity No. 4583; Law on Higher Education No.1187-2; Law on Cooperation of Local Communities No. 4756.
Social activists believe that for this post-EuroMaidan Parliament this result is very modest. “Only three anti-corruption laws were adopted during 130 days! Taking into account that corruption was one of the major reasons for millions of people to stand at the Maidan. And even these three laws were adopted not because of the deputies good will, but because of the pressure from the IMF and the necessity to implement the visa liberalization plan”- said the RPR expert, chairman of the The Anti-Corruption Action Centre, Vitaly Shabunin.
More than ten reform laws from RPR are pending at the Verkhovna Rada. The majority of them, such as the draft law No. 4873 (allowing the recognition of the Rome Statute and the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court) or the draft law No. 3541 (on prosecution reform) which is mysteriously disappearing from the Parliamentary agenda just before the voting day.
The RPR experts and “Platform of Reforms” deputies have agreed on a common agenda for the two last plenary weeks of the summer:
1. To solicit the early ratification of the EU Association Agreement;
2. To require from the Parlamentthe election law reform through the introduction of an electoral system under open lists and the adoption of the law No. 4846 providing for more transparent financial reporting of parties and the participants of electoral process;
3. The adoption of law on prosecution;
4. The adoption of two anti-corruption laws No. 4728 and No. 2012;
5. The adoption of the law No. 4751 that regulates the procedure and fee for obtaining foreign passports;
6. The recognition of the Rome Statute and the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, the draft law No. 4873; 7. Continuing the Judicial Reform via the draft law No. 4829;
8. The adoption of two European integration laws: No. 4179 and No. 4987-1;
9. The adoption of two laws on decentralization: No. 3747 and No. 4070;
10. The adoption of the law on electronic commerce No. 2306;
11. The adoption of the law on police identification No. 4988.
Additionally, it is important to note that RPR experts and “Platform of Reforms” deputies agreed on the creation and public presentation of the so-called “black list” of lawmakers and the authors whose legislative initiatives should never appear in the Parliament, because the persons concerned are sufficiently tarnished their parliamentary reputation. The criteria for participants of “lawmakers black list” will be developed over the next two weeks, when the plenary sessions of the Parliament will not be conducted.
The RPR experts and the national deputies agreed to jointly publically demand from colleagues in the Parliament and officials of other governmental branches to do everything possible to fulfill the planned agenda: “This means the implementation of tools, standards and procedures of public policy that should prevail in a democratic society,” – said the deputy of the fraction “UDAR”, a former community activist and expert, Viktor Chumak.
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