Poroshenko signs law on diplomatic service
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the newly-adopted law on diplomatic service.
The signing ceremony took place in Kyiv on Friday in the presence of Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Ukrainian diplomats, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
The president stressed that an effective diplomatic service is something that the state needs these days. Poroshenko said a diplomatic job was no less important than the service of Ukrainian soldiers.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the law was passed by Parliament on April 3 but on May 4, it was vetoed by the President of Ukraine.
In particular, the president's proposals noted that the law could not be signed, since it referred to mandatory consultations in the Rada Committee responsible for the diplomatic service.
The law also provided that for before the foreign minister submits to the president candidates for posts of ambassadors, permanent representatives, representatives and heads of missions to international organizations, consultations should be held in the profile Rada committee. The president said this did not comply with the Constitution of Ukraine, and proposed to exclude the provision.
The parliament took into account all of the president's proposals, including the one to exclude from the law the provision that the Cabinet of Ministers has the authority to determine the status, tasks and functions of Ukraine's special missions.
As a result, on June 7, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine backed all the proposals of the president and passed the law.