Deputy PM for Euro-Atlantic integration names five bills to bring Ukraine closer to NATO
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna says among the bills required to bring Ukraine closer to NATO, the Alliance most likely expects the approval of five fundamental documents.
"These are the draft law on parliamentary control over security and defense, which was registered in parliament under No. 1204, amendments to the legislation on the SBU Security Service of Ukraine (No. 3196), the bill on intelligence (No. 2412-d), and that on defense procurement (No. 2398-d), as well as the draft law on state secret, which is being finalized," she told the Ukrainian media outlet European Pravda on June 15.
The draft law on state secrets is especially important as "it concerns the transformation of thinking rather than institutions," she said.
"The fact is that most of the documents relating to state secrets are inherited from the Soviet era. And I, as Deputy Prime Minister and civil servant, observe the implementation of the instructions issued at the end of the Soviet era. These changes could be debated for a long time without Euro-Atlantic mobilization. But now it's about bills that are already tabled in parliament," she added.
According to the official, Ukraine will strive for NATO membership after gaining a new status of an Enhanced Opportunities Partner with advanced capabilities.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the North Atlantic Council on June 12 recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner.