The Council of the Reanimation Package of Reforms and the Chairman of Verkhovna Rada Defined Priority Reforms

January 15, 2016

12509490_1108573875828073_7744135187306861549_nThe Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR) started 2016 year discussing the reformation tasks with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada. The meeting embodied the finalizing phase  of the internal transformation of the RPR. 

Electing the director of Media Law Institute Taras Shevchenko and the head of the Center for Political and Legal Reforms Igor Koliushko as the co-chairmen of the Council of the Reanimation Package of Reforms was the finale of improvement of the organizational structure of the RPR.

The Council of the RPR is the highest body of the organisation, responsible for strategic management of the coalition, prioritizing of its spending, confirming the RPR policy, as well as for a quality control of the work of the coalition’s members. The structure of the Council consists of 12 leading civil activists.

My election as a co-chairman of the RPR Council I perceive as a sign of trust and great responsibility. For Media Law Institute, the organisational development of the Reanimation Package of Reforms as the coalition of civil society organisations and experts is a key strategic priority. It is very pleasant to see that invested efforts generate benefits to our country and are implemented in actual reforms and changes,”- said the newly elected co-chairman of the RPR Council Taras Shevchenko.

1669_1108574025828058_1333730553823976638_nThe meeting with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada held within the framework of the Reanimation Package of Reforms this month in Kyiv was constructive and efficient. “We do our best for the Parliament to remain as the main engine of reforms and, thus, enhance its efficiency. The support of the public and especially of the experts of the RPR is vital in this process,”- emphasized the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman at the meeting with the members of the RPR Council.

In their turn, the representatives of the Reanimation Package of Reforms  underlined the increasing transparency of the Parliament of this convocation and discussed the joint tactical and strategic priorities of the reforms of 2016.

Particularly, it was agreed to jointly prepare amendments to anti-corruption legislation on electronic declarations of the officials, as well as the confiscation procedure – involving the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (Ministry of Justice) and international partners. As a part of the judicial reform, a joint work on the complex of implementation laws, except of the development of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, was planned.

The pivotal areas of collaboration were determined to be the continuation of parliamentary reforms, the increase of transparency and efficiency of the MPs’  work, the Committees and the Parliament at large. Therefore, the experts of the RPR emphasised once again the need to adopt the already registered draft laws against “buttonbushes” of the MPs (No1895) and the openness of parliamentary committees (No1591).

Among other joint plans for 2016, there is cooperation in denationalisation of the media and public broadcasting and the reforms of economic block and decentralization.

As expected, after the adoption of more than 50 laws from the agenda of the RPR of the last year, this 2016 year shall bring the first tangible results of the initiated reformative steps.