Ukraine's law on change of denomination to new church comes into force on Jan 31
The law on amendments to certain laws of Ukraine regarding the subordination (denomination) of religious organizations and the procedure of state registration of such organizations with the status of legal entities came into force on January 31, 2019.
The document regulates the change in the subordination of religious communities, in particular, the transition to the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
The law was published in the parliamentary newspaper Holos Ukrainy on January 30.
The law shall become effective the next day after its publication.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on January 17, 2019, passed bill No. 4128-d to amend certain laws of Ukraine regarding the subordination (denomination) of religious organizations and the procedure of state registration of such organizations as legal entities.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the document on January 28, 2019.
The document amends the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations, which determines that religious communities are free to determine at their own discretion the manner in which new members are admitted and existing members are excluded.
The law stipulates a decision to change subordination (denomination) and introduce relevant amendments or changes to the statute shall be approved by at least two-thirds of its authorized members of a religious community at a general meeting.