Reforming Ukraine: The top ten things Ukraine's Parliament needs to do this fall - Atlantic Council

15:54 Sep. 8, 2016

The top ten things Ukraine's Parliament needs to do this fall - Atlantic Council

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada convenes for the opening session on September 6, 2016 in Kyiv (UNIAN photo)

MPs should not only adopt reformist bills, but also prevent efforts to roll back reform achievements

Over the last two and a half years, Ukraine has channelled the energy of the Euromaidan protests into building a new state, and has achieved a number of major accomplishments.

However, much more remains be done. The delay in implementing crucial reforms is equivalent to halting halfway, while the slow rate of change is already deepening society's frustration toward government authorities,

and despite the ruling coalition's fragility in parliament, civil society activists hope MPs will unite over crucial initiatives to ensure the passage of these ten changes:

1. Granting the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) independent wiretapping powers, as laid out in bill No. 4812.

2. Providing a legal basis for the creation of specialized anti-corruption courts.

3. Adopting a new law, "On the High Council of Justice," without shortcomings

4. Rebooting the Central Election Commission. 

5. Ensuring the independence and transparency of the Energy Regulator, bill No. 2966-d

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