“PACE recommends Ukraine to fight with corruption more actively,” Olena Sotnyk

During its next session the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will listen to a report on the situation in Ukraine. As stated by Olena Sotnyk, MP, representative of the Samopomich Union faction, a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, the report “Democratic Institutions in Ukraine” will focus on evaluation of internal reforms.

“In the first place, the judicial reform and other constitutional amendments are assessed. As for anti-corruption steps, it is mentioned that no significant progress has been recorded, because we still don’t have actual criminal proceedings opened, and, accordingly, this undermines the credibility of the government. A separate issue is the fact that we are recommended to implement the amendments to the law on lustration which are developed for Ukraine by the Venice Commission,” says Olena Sotnyk.

The MP adds that in its resolution PACE is also going to recommend Ukraine to balance the branches of government and to change the electoral system – by adopting a new law on elections on a proportional basis with open lists.

In addition, Olena Sotnyk has also filed an amendment to the item of the resolution concerning decentralization and the special status of Donbas. According to her, this resolution indirectly states that Ukraine is expected to permanently implement amendments to the Constitution.

“The Ukrainian delegation eventually accepted my proposal to introduce this amendment, to amend the wording in this item of the resolution, and focus only on the decentralization reform in order to prevent the special status of Donbas. I do not know if this amendment will pass the Monitoring Committee, but we will fight for it. In particular, if the amendment is not introduced, I, as a representative of Samopomich, will not vote for this resolution,” states Olena Sotnyk.

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