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All-Ukrainian public associations should have influence on the management of the country

16:40 15.06.2018

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko suggests that all-Ukrainian public associations be created on the constitutional level to influence processes in different spheres.

“For the first time in the history of Ukraine we propose creating all-Ukrainian public associations: for example, those who deal with entrepreneurship will be united by an all-Ukrainian association for entrepreneurship, for those who deal with human rights there will be an all-Ukrainian association for human rights and law,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during the All-Ukrainian Forum “A New Course for Ukraine” that was held in Kyiv on her initiative.

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The parliamentarian added that these associations should be given special status allowing them to influence real processes, and first and foremost this involves extending the right of legislative initiative.

“This influential status starts with the expansion of the right of legislative initiative. This will give an association the right to draft a bill and give it to parliament. Parliament will them moderate and consider it, but the most important thing is that creative and right ideas are not lost,” she explained.

The Head of the Batkivshchyna Party proposed that these associations have the right to put forward proposals and draft acts of the Cabinet of Ministers, propose staff, and oversee the implementation of normative acts in relevant fields.

Yulia Tymoshenko also proposes giving these associations the right to a so-called “attention veto.”

“An all-Ukrainian public association will be able to impose an ‘attention veto’ for 10 days on a draft law, adopted law, draft government decision or other document that does not meet the criteria demanded by the professional community, society and research institutions,” she said.

According to the politician, during this time the government will be required to gather a consultative council composed of representatives of parliament, the government, parliament committees and the all-Ukrainian public association, to hold joint “talks on all the right things that should be in the laws and normative acts.”

“Afterwards these proposals should be written up as a protocol and voted on by the Cabinet of Ministers. This will improve both the document and our strategies and tactics,” the parliamentarian said.

If the corresponding decision is not adopted, the Verkhovna Rada will have the right to pass by simple majority any variant of the decision.

“This will not limit the work of the executive branch and parliament, but it will give a clear signal that the government and parliament are not doing what is needed,” she said

Yulia Tymoshenko believes creating all-Ukrainian public associations in different spheres and giving them special status will open the possibility for them to influence how the country is managed.