Rada passes bill on public service
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Thursday adopted the bill "On public service."
The relevant decision was supported by 261 out of 342 MPs registered in the session hall, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
MP from the Batkivschyna Party Olena Shkrum (Parliamentary Committee on State Construction, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government) said in the Parliament that the law "divided the political positions and public service positions, positions and functions of service and patronage service."
According to her, the law introduces the post of Secretary of the Ministry. She added that this person would be a public official of the highest category, engaged in personnel issues, management of the Ministry, and would assist the Minister in his work.
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The law provides for the establishment of the commission, which will openly select candidates for positions in the public service, on the principles of transparency and in the online mode.
The law stipulates that the Ukrainian language is given the status of an official language of communication of public officials and local authorities while performing official duties, as well as it shall be the language of record keeping and documentation of these agncies and officials. Thus, the state employee should be fluent in state language "and, if necessary, in regional or minority languages, as defined in accordance with the law."
The law applies to public officials, in particular the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine; ministries and other central executive bodies; local state administrations; prosecution authorities; military control agencies; foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine.
At the same time, the law does not apply to the President of Ukraine; Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine and his deputies, members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, first deputies and deputy ministers; MPs and deputies of local councils.