Draft law: Opposition Bloc seeks to unite DPR and LPR in temporary inter-regional union
Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada has registered bill No 4297, which establishes Donbas inter-regional territorial union in separate districts of Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Union foresees election of its head, as well as formation of parliament and executive committee.
Six MPs from the Opposition Bloc tabled the bill in Rada on March 24, the parliamentary website reported.
The bill envisages that the Union's borders, as well as a list of cities, districts, and villages are subjects to parliamentary approval based on the Cabinet's provision.
"Donbas inter-regional territorial union, being an integral part of Ukraine's territory, has a status of inter-regional union. It has an independent system of state management based on the principles of decentralization and broad powers of local self-governments. The Donbas inter-regional territorial union is formed temporarily. It is not an independent subject of Ukraine's administrative and territorial system," Article 3 of the bill says.
The Union has a "special legal status," however, its legislative and executive authorities are formed in accordance with Ukraine's Constitution and legislation on local self-government. This should "take into account "the peculiarities of governmental formation, which are set for this area," the bill says.
Legislative Council is the Union's supreme representative body, consisting of 75 deputies. It is chaired by a head, elected for a period of five years.
It also foresees the election of the Union's head for a five-year term, regulating the head's functions. Besides, the bill provides for the establishment of the Union's Executive Committee and defines its rights and duties and the elections procedure.
The "exceptional powers of the Legislative Council" include the following: decision on the special status equal to the state status for the Russian language and other languages of national minorities, as well as approval of law enforcement structure, size, and chiefs, and coordination of activities of people's militia for the protection of the public law.
The draft law mentions the trans-border cooperation aimed at the development of good neighbourly relations between territorial communities and the Union's local self-government authorities with Russian administrative units.