Ukrainian Parliament to start new session with changes to the Constitution of Ukraine

According to the Verkhovna Rada’s meeting schedule for February 5 to 8, Parliament will review Draft Bill No. 9037 in the second reading on February 7, which establishes in the Ukrainian Constitution the authority of Parliament, the head of state and the government to implement the country's strategic course for acquiring full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

At least 300 votes are required to adopt the Draft Bill.

The draft bill supplements the preamble of the Constitution with wording that confirms the European aspiration of the Ukrainian people and the irreversibility of the European, and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine. The articles defining the responsibilities of the Rada, the President and the Cabinet of Ministers will be added upon implementation of the state’s strategic course for the acquisition of Ukraine’s full membership of the EU and NATO. 

The document considers excluding paragraph 14 of the transitional positions of the Constitution, allowing the use of existing military bases on the territory of Ukraine for the temporary stay of foreign military units on lease terms in accordance to the international treaties of Ukraine ratified by parliament. 

On November 22, three hundred eleven deputies voted to adopt draft law Number 9037 in a first reading where the minimum requirement was 226 votes.

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