Ukraine parliament publishes amendments to Constitution on Ukraine's path to EU, NATO

11:40, 04 September 2018
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The bill on amendments to the Constitution concerning the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO, submitted by President Poroshenko, has been published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.

"The proposed legislative initiative is aimed at making necessary changes to the Constitution of Ukraine to implement Ukraine's purposeful pragmatic course toward obtaining full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as strategic foreign policy priorities of the state," the explanatory note says, according to Europeiska Pravda.

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The bill proposes to consolidate in the preamble of the Basic Law Ukraine's irreversible course toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration and confirm European identity of the Ukrainian people.

Draft Article 85 suggests defining that the powers of the Verkhovna Rada include determining the foundations of domestic and foreign policy, implementing the state's strategic course for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Draft Article 102 is supplemented with the provision that "the president of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the state's strategic course for obtaining Ukraine's full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization."

Draft Article 116 is supplemented with a new clause, according to which the Cabinet of Ministers "ensures the implementation of the state's strategic course for obtaining Ukraine's full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization."

As UNIAN reported earlier, the amendments to the Constitution need to gain at least 300 votes in Parliament to pass.

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