Ukrainian constitution to be amended no sooner than fall - deputy PM
The Verkhovna Rada will hold the first vote on a bill amending the Ukrainian constitution in May, and the bill in general should be adopted in October or November, Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development, Construction, and Utilities Minister Volodymyr Hroisman told journalists in Kyiv on Tuesday.
"We should complete the passage of all bills related to the transformation of the country's governance system in 2014. It is planned that the first voting on constitutional amendments should be held in May, then there will be addresses to the Constitutional Court and the Venice Commission, and the final voting on constitutional amendments should be in the fall, in October or November," Hroisman said.
The deputy prime minister is sure that a local self-government reform and decentralization of the governance system would improve the people's lives around the country.
Hroisman once again criticized the idea of Ukraine's federalization, arguing that this could lead to the country's split. "Federalization implies the unification of territories into a single state, while Ukraine is already a unitary country, and most of the Ukrainian people favor its unity," Hroisman said.