Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko proposes strengthening the role of civil society by creating a National Assembly of Self-Government, one-third of whose members would be heads of all-Ukrainian associations and two-thirds would be national moral and spiritual leaders.
“I would like to propose that those intellectuals who will be working on a new social contract create a National Assembly of Self-Government,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during the All-Ukrainian Forum “A New Course for Ukraine” that was held in Kyiv on her initiative.
According to the politician, this National Assembly of Self-Government would become a kind of prototype of the functioning of the so-called upper chamber.
“The upper chambers in each country are formed differently, and each one reflects the position society wants to see. The upper chamber is like the final hand that makes decisions. And that is how we see the National Assembly of Self-Government,” she added.
Yulia Tymoshenko believes that one-third of the National Assembly of Self-Government should be heads of all-Ukrainian public associations and the rest moral and spiritual leaders.
“The National Assembly of Self-Government will solve a number of problematic issues to normalize life in the country,” the parliamentarian added.
Yulia Tymoshenko also believes the National Assembly of Self-Government should be given direct veto power.
“If a law or decision of the executive system of power is harmful to the country, they can use their right to veto by two-thirds of votes,” she said.
The National Assembly of Self-Government will be able to approve and consider the strategy for the country, and also be given the right of legislative initiative, right to appoint heads of supervisory bodies and heads of independent regulatory bodies.
“For example, they can appoint the head of the National Bureau of Investigation, the head and members of the CEC, and also members of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. It will be a kind of all-Ukrainian arbiter who can bring important bodies out from under the corrupt influence of executive and legislative authorities,” the Head of the Batkivshchyna Party explained.
“The National Assembly of Self-Government can become a kind of national arbiter and national conscience. We absolutely need an assembly of self-government that represents in concentrated form honor, morality and professionalism,” Yulia Tymoshenko concluded.