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EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY WANTS TO CONVERT RADA EXTRAORDINARY MEETING

The European Solidarity parliamentary faction calls for an extraordinary plenary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, co-chair of the faction Artur Herasymiv said.
“European Solidarity demands to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada with an agenda that will correspond to the realities and problems of today. That is why we are writing a letter to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine [Ruslan Stefanchuk] so that the extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada was urgently convened, for this we will receive subscription lists and collect signatures of MPs,” Herasymiv said.
He said the agenda of such an extraordinary meeting should include a report by the President of Ukraine on the state of defense and foreign policy, subject to the threat of escalation due to the Russian armed aggression, a report by the Prime Minister on the measures taken to overcome the crisis in the economy and price increases, in particular for energy and utilities, the report of the Defense Minister on the provision of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including fuel and lubricants, and the implementation of the 2021-2022 state defense procurement order, the report of the Energy Minister on the state of the energy industry amid the problems of the heating season, cuts in heat and electricity in residential buildings, as well as imports of electricity and coal from Russia and Belarus.
European Solidarity also calls on to hear the report of the Health Minister on minimizing the negative consequences of COVID-19 epidemic (providing vaccines and oxygen for 2022, increasing salaries for doctors and “COVID” payments), as well as instructing the Cabinet of Ministers to apply measures to provide from January 1, the minimum amount of cash support for servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at a level not lower than two times the average salary.

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RADA WANTS TO ADOPT BILL ON URBAN PLANNING REFORM

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on the Organization of State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development and Urban Planning recommended the parliament to adopt at the second reading bill No. 5655 on reforming the sphere of urban planning, co-author of the bill, head of the coordination council for solving problematic issues in urban planning, MP Olena Shuliak wrote on Facebook.
“For many months, together with all market participants, we have analyzed each of 2,000 edits in detail and publicly, took into account the comments, and heard the recommendations. Even the NACP confirmed after the analysis: No. 5655 takes into account the requirements of the Anti-Corruption Strategy 2021-2025,” she said.
Earlier, Shuliak reported that the bill on urban planning reform could be adopted by the end of 2021.
As reported, on July 1, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law No. 5655 at the first reading.

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ZELENSKY ISN’T GOING TO DISSOLVE RADA AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is not going to prematurely terminate the powers of the Verkhovna Rada.
“I will not dissolve parliament. Nothing will change as of yet,” he said at the press marathon 30 questions for the President of Ukraine in Kyiv on Friday.
He stressed that he does not understand the point why the parliament should be dissolved if the deputies vote, and noted that the country needs stability.

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RADA RATIFIES AGREEMENT WITH FRANCE ON PROVISION OF EUR 64 MLN LOAN FOR DRINKING WATER PROJECT IN MARIUPOL

The Verkhovna Rada has ratified an agreement between the governments of Ukraine and France regarding the official support of a project on supply of drinking water to the city of Mariupol (Donetsk region). An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that a total of 258 lawmakers backed the agreement. According to the Framework Agreement, the French side provides Ukraine with a loan in an amount not exceeding EUR 64 million for the project on supply of drinking water to Mariupol.
The agreement also provides for the development of a master plan for improving the water supply and drainage system of Mariupol until 2040.
According to an explanatory note to the bill on ratification, the project will include the construction and launch of modern filtering stations in Mariupol, as well as the modernization of the existing centralized water supply pipelines and drainage system to reduce the consumption of drinking water and discharge of sewage into the environment.

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