Ukraine's Constitutional Court green-lights change in Constitution on Ukraine's path to EU, NATO – source

14:21, 22 November 2018
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The Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) has green-lighted a presidential bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO (No. 9037).

The bill was sent by the Verkhovna Rada to the CCU, which was to check if the amendments are in line with the Constitution.

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The positive decision was made on November 22 during the consideration of the bill for its compliance with Articles 157 and 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a source in the CCU told UNIAN.

According to the CCU's agenda posted on the court's website, the bill was considered by the CCU's Grand Chamber behind closed doors on November 20, November 21 and November 22. However, according to the source, it was previously planned that the court would consider the issue on November 22 alone, but the date was urgently changed.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on September 20 sent to the Constitutional Court a presidential bill amending Ukraine's Constitution regarding the strategic course of the state for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO (No. 9037).

The bill proposes that Ukraine's irreversible course toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration be stipulated in the preamble of the Fundamental Law along with the confirmation of European identity of the Ukrainian people.

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.

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."

Article 116 is amended 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."

At the same time, Clause 14 of Section 15 "Transitional Provisions" is proposed to be excluded from the Constitution. It says that the use of existing military bases on the territory of Ukraine for the temporary stationing of foreign military formations is possible on a lease basis in the manner determined by international treaties of Ukraine ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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