The Cabinet of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada will cooperate closely in the prompt consideration and adoption, as a matter of priority, European integration bills. This was agreed by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba and Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on issues of European integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze at the Committee meeting.
“The course for Ukraine's rapprochement with the European Union is unchanged. On this way, the Government and Parliament are not just allies, they are single whole”, the Deputy Prime Minister said. He stressed that he sees his mission to continue and strengthen the achievements in the implementation of the Association Agreement and the launched processes of sectoral integration with the EU.
The Government member emphasized that the dynamics of Ukraine's trade with the EU is currently very high and is beyond the scope of the Association Agreement.
Dmytro Kuleba also stressed that the joint work on adoption of the European integration bills should be built in the most optimal way. He proposed to group the bills according to their purpose and subject. The Deputy Prime Minister also supported Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze's initiative to enhance the institutional capacity of the Committee in terms of Expert examination and analysis of parliamentary laws to comply with EU law.
Moreover, he called on the Committee’s members to be "advocates of European integration in their factions" and to explain to parliamentarians the importance of prompt and qualitative review of the laws necessary to implement the Association Agreement and bring all life spheres of Ukrainian citizens closer to the EU standards. The Deputy Prime Minister suggested authorizing both certain Committee’s members and certain members of his Ministry to coordinate the teamwork in this direction.
According to Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, 67 bills are now the topmost priority and need urgent elaboration by the Government Office in order to consider them together with the conclusions of the Office at the next Committee’s meeting. Dmytro Kuleba stressed that expertise proves necessary regarding each draft on the part in every concerned Ministry.
Speaking about Government-Parliament engagement, he stressed that the success in the implementation by the Government of a course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration depends to a large extent on the effectiveness of Parliament. The more efficient is the Parliament in adopting laws that create a European market and values environment in Ukraine, the sooner the Government is able to embark on their implementation.