OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE not to vote for draft laws aimed at usurpation of power in Ukraine
The Strategic Council of OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE took a decision not to support a number of draft laws to be considered in the Verkhovna Rada.
On September 7, the sixth session of the Verkhovna Rada has commenced, during which the ruling majority intends to pass a number of anti-constitutional and anti-people laws aimed at usurpation of power, increase in taxes and imaginary de-oligarchization.
In particular, the OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE faction does not support amendments to the Tax Code (reg. No. 5600), as this will lead to the increase in tax burden for small and medium-sized businesses. The norms of the draft law No. 5600 directly contradict the Constitution of Ukraine. Its adoption on the second reading will have disastrous social and economic consequences. The growth in the tax rate on real estate and land shares will lead to the increase in unemployment in rural areas, outflow of labor and monopolization of agricultural production.
Also, OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE will not vote for the presidential draft law on “de-oligarchization” (reg. No. 5599), since it contradicts a number of articles of the Constitution.
The draft law on the so-called de-oligarchization has nothing to do with the fight against monopolies and financial and industrial groups. The government is not interested in real de-oligarchization, but only strives for an unconstitutional expansion of the president’s powers, therefore OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE will not vote in favour.
In addition, the Strategic Council of the party believes that the now submission of the draft law on the large State Emblem (reg. No. 5712) demonstrates a complete lack of understanding by the authorities of the real problems and challenges facing the country.
The draft of the large State Emblem does not comply with the Constitution, heraldic norms, contains elements of outrage over state symbols and has already caused an outbreak of criticism. The authorities wished to crown their cadence with some kind of historical decision, but this only leads to a new round of confrontation in society. OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE stands totally against this and insists that state symbols should be approved by citizens, not politicians.
Besides, OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE does not agree with the intentions of the authorities to establish full control over the legislative branch of government by dismissing Dmytro Razumkov from the post of the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada. Our political force regards such intentions of the authorities as a real threat to parliamentarism in Ukraine.
During the 6th session of parliament, OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE will focus on solving real problems of citizens and a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas. In particular, to address social issues, MPs from OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE have already prepared draft laws on restructuring and writing off arrears for payment of housing and communal services and protection of citizens (reg. No. 3613-1), strengthening the social protection of children affected by hostilities or armed conflicts (reg. No. 2084) and on the abolition of negative provisions of the “pension reform” (reg. No. 5863).
The OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE faction has already submitted to the Rada draft laws aimed at reducing tax pressure, in particular, the abolition of rent and VAT on gas for the population, the increase in the non-taxable minimum income of citizens and the simplification of the activities of individual entrepreneurs.
In order to resolve the conflict in the east of Ukraine, the opposition faction has submitted draft resolutions (reg. No. 1120 and reg. No. 5647) and a draft law on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On a special procedure for local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions” (reg. No. 2491) .
OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE continues to consistently advocate for the preservation of the main national wealth – land owned by the Ukrainian people. To this end, a draft law on the extension of the ban on the alienation of agricultural land (reg. No. 5441) has been submitted to parliament.
For the adoption of these extremely important draft laws, MPs from OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE will intensify their activities in the relevant committees of the Verkhovna Rada and provide unanimous support for all factional legislative initiatives in the parliamentary hall.