Poroshenko asks Rada to immediately start considering anti-corruption court bill submitted by him
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko calls on people's deputies to immediately start consideration of his draft law "On the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court."
"There are months of responsible decisions ahead, but what I would ask people's deputies to do immediately, in strict accordance with all regulatory procedures, is to begin consideration of the draft law "On the Anti-Corruption Court," Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning.
In addition, the Ukrainian president expects that the parliament will support his initiative to abolish electronic declaration for public activists.
"I am confident that the Verkhovna Rada will demonstrate its reform potential in the same way as it did in the fall during the session," Poroshenko wrote.
As reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine at its meeting on December 21, 2017, withdrew the bill on anti-corruption courts (No. 6011) drafted by parliamentarians. On the same day, a number of experts presented to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko the bill "On the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court," which takes into account the recommendations of OSCE experts and the conclusions of the Venice Commission. On December 22, 2017 it was registered with the Verkhovna Rada, as introduced by Poroshenko and defined as urgent, but was never put on the agenda. In addition, several alternative draft laws were registered in the parliament.
In January 2018, representative of the president in the parliament, Iryna Lutsenko, said that the bill on the Anticorruption Court would change after the first reading in the Verkhovna Rada, it will take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and, according to optimistic forecasts, the court will be able to start work in six months.
The IMF said that they expect a correction of the bill on the Anti-Corruption Court during its preparation for the second reading and the law on pension reform. The Fund noted that the creation of the Anti-Corruption Court is one of the key requirements of the program of cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF.