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Newsletter of the Ukrainian Parliament: Spring'17 – Issue 12 (4)

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Headline: Newsletter of the Ukrainian Parliament: Spring'17 – Issue 12 (4)

 THE VERKHOVNA RADA CELEBRATES THE
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UKRAINIAN REVOLUTION 1917-1921

On the 17th of March, the Verkhovna
Rada held a festive plenary on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the
first Ukrainian State and fighting to retain it in 1917-1921.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of
Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, opened the plenary. The opening was followed by a
choir, singing the Prayer for Ukraine, and a unique archive footage of a
century ago.

The Chairman resumed his speech by
emphasizing that during that time people surrendered which caused Ukraine to
lose its state. Thus, it is crucial to learn the lessons from the past: to
stand united and to keep fighting back.

FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH CANADA
RATIFIED

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with
Canada provides a duty free regime for several kinds of goods within the
negotiated price quotas.

It is expected that as a result of
FTA implementation, the total volume of Ukrainian exports to Canada will
increase by $ 2.7 million and imports by $ 4.5 million.

The trade balance of
Ukraine will improve due to the boosting of the transport equipment, chemical
products and wheat export. 

NEW UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE QUOTAS ON TV

The bill on Ukrainian language quotas
on TV and radio was passed in the first reading.

According to the bill, national TV
should have 75 percent of its content in Ukrainian language, other languages will
constitute the remaining 25 percent and will be allowed for broadcasting from
10 p.m. to 7 a.m. As for films, they should be dubbed in Ukrainian. Any TV
product has to either be dubbed in Ukrainian language or to exhibit Ukrainian subtitles.

STATE E-REGISTRY OF CONSCRIPTS

The Verkhovna
Rada adopted the law on creating a State Electronic Registry of Conscripts in
the second reading. The bill was originally registered in 2015.

The State
Registry is organized as a unified automated information system and will store
information about all persons subject to military service. It will contain
personal and professional data about Ukrainians subject to military service
aged 17 to 60.

The Ministry of
Defense will act in the capacity of the registry owner, and the General Staff
in the capacity of administrator.

 

A DAY OF THE UKRAINIAN VOLUNTEER

This year on the 14th
of March, Ukraine celebrated a Day of the Volunteer for the first time. Such
occasion was aimed to commemorate heroism of those who participated in the
Revolution of Dignity and those who voluntarily joined the army to fight
against Russian aggression.

Cities across Ukraine
organised events of diverse nature to honor the volunteers.

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