The president says the Rada still has a lot of work to do this year / Photo from president.gov.ua

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, should take a decision on the Constitutional Court and pass a draft law on the national budget for 2021 by the end of the year.

He said this in his video message to the Ukrainians from the Feofaniya hospital, where he is undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.

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He stressed that the Verkhovna Rada still had a lot of work to do this year.

"These are both a solution to the problem with the Constitutional Court and the adoption of the budget in the second reading. And possible personnel reshuffles. Many important laws that we promised in our program, and therefore no viruses should prevent us from doing this," the presidential press service quoted Zelensky as saying.

He mentioned that many MPs had fallen ill with COVID-19, in particular, Speaker of the Parliament Dmytro Razumkov and First Deputy Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk.

"I wish them health. And I wish health to all members of parliament, regardless of the party [they belong to]," Zelensky added.

Speaking in a video address, First Deputy Speaker Stefanchuk, in turn, expressed the hope that the parliament's work would continue, and despite the absence of some lawmakers, it will be able to perform its functions.

According to him, next week the parliament will consider the draft law on popular rule through a national referendum and the draft law on investment nannies, which provides for state support for investment projects with significant investments. It will also consider bills on the public health system, virtual assets, on the protection of the rights of persons from among orphans, children deprived of parental care with disabilities, and a number of social initiatives aimed at protecting the population of Ukraine during the quarantine period introduced amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, as Stefanchuk noted, more than 100 legislative acts are planned for consideration at different stages.

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