On January 24, 2022, at an extraordinary meeting, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine withdrew the bill On the Fundamentals of State Policy in Transition, approved by the Government on August 4, 2021. This decision is due to the need to thoroughly finalize in accordance with the conclusion of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) of October 15, 2021.
Thus, according to Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, in addition to a number of critical remarks from the Venice Commission, there is insufficient support of the current version of the project by deputies’ corps and experts.
"This bill is the result of strong work of the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and other ministries and government agencies. Meanwhile, it needs certain finalizations, which slows down the process of its consideration in Parliament. During the consultations, both MPs and our international partners also spoke in favor of finalizing the law," Iryna Vereshchuk stressed.
She also added that such a decision was finally made following her trip to Donetsk region and the city of Kharkiv.
"As it turned out after the meeting in Kharkiv, if the document remains as it is today, it will be impossible to expand it to ensure the national interests of Ukraine, and human-centeredness, as pointed out by our international partners, and the Venice Commission in particular. Certain provisions need to be changed, which, first of all, will be aimed at stronger "humanizing "the bill," the Minister said, noting that the Ministry intends to finalize the provisions concerning the rights and freedoms of citizens.