16 February 2019

In my speech at the round table on 15 February 2019 attended by the European Parliament Mission and dedicated to improvement in the efficiency of the Ukrainian parliament and harmonization of the legislation of Ukraine, I, as the head of the Opposition Bloc faction, said that in accordance with the "European Ukraine” Coalition Agreement of 2014, the Opposition Bloc is the only faction that has been deprived of controlling functions, and to this day representatives of the faction have not headed and do not head now a single parliamentary committee.

The ruling coalition has distributed all leadership positions among themselves. Our MPs are neither in the management of the Accounts Chamber nor in the Central Election Commission, nor in the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting.

In fact, the only real opposition, as represented by us, is deliberately deprived of the opportunity to influence the work of the law-making body.

Representatives of the European Parliament’s Mission agreed with the comments of the Opposition Bloc, which I expressed with regards to impairment of the faction's rights. They recommended the leadership of the Ukrainian parliament to correct the situation.

In turn, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy urged to submit proposals to address these gaps in the legislation.

We, the faction of the Opposition Bloc, are ready to and will make our suggestions to correct the situation and will see how the pro-government majority implements the recommendations.

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