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Legal news in Ukraine: Council adopted the 2019 state budget, changes to the Constitution, staff changes in the government, the Congress of Advocates, new antiraider bill, President signed the Law on the importation of cars from Europe

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Legal news in Ukraine: Council adopted the 2019 state budget, changes to the Constitution, staff changes in the government, the Congress of Advocates, new antiraider bill, President signed the Law on the importation of cars from Europe

The Parliament adopted the state budget of Ukraine for 2019

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law of Ukraine «On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2019» at 06:00 on November 23. This is the fastest approval of the budget in the time of independent Ukraine.

The law defines incomes for 2019 in the amount of 1 026 billion UAH and expenses in the amount of 1,121 billion UAH.

The document establishes in 2019 living wage per month in the amount: from January 1– 1853 UAH, from July 1 –1936 UAH, from December 1 – 2027 UAH, and for the main social and demographic groups:

children under the age of 6: from January 1 – 1626 UAH, from July 1 – 1699 UAH, from December 1 – 1779 UAH;

children aged 6 to 18 years: from January 1 – 2027 UAH, from July 1 – 2118 UAH, from December 1 – 2218 UAH;

able-bodied persons: from January 1 – 1921 UAH, from July 1 – 2007 UAH, from December 1 – 2102 UAH;

persons who lost their ability to work: from January 1 – 1497 UAH, from July 1 – 1564 UAH, from December 1 – 1638 UAH.

The law sets the minimum wage in 2019: in the monthly amount – 4173 UAH and hourly rate – 25,13 UAH.

The Parliament approved the Law on Criminal Misdemeanors

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law of Ukraine «On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Simplification of Pre-trial Investigation of Certain Categories of Criminal Offenses».

A criminal misdemeanor is an act (action or inaction), which is punishable by a fine of up to three thousand non-taxable minimum incomes (51 thousand hryvnias) or other punishment, which is not related to imprisonment. At the same time, crimes are divided according to the term of punishment in the form of deprivation of liberty and the amount of a fine: grave and especially grave.

Also, the bill introduces a rule for driving traffic intoxicated into the Criminal Code, making it a criminal offense. An offense is punishable by a fine of 17-34 thousand UAH and a ban on driving a vehicle up to three years; and in case of a repeated violation - up to 51 thousand UAH with a ban on driving a car from 2 to 3 years.

Criminal misdemeanors include such common crimes as unskilled theft, fraud, illegal activities with narcotic drugs without the purpose of sale, hooliganism, etc.

The investigation of criminal misdemeanors will be conducted in the form of inquiry with the simplification of the procedure, including reduced terms – no more than 72 hours from the moment the person is informed of the suspicion or detention, or in other cases for a term up to one month.

Parliament approved a bill on the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine

The Verkhovna Rada has previously approved a bill on amending the Constitution of Ukraine on the strategic course of the state for gaining full membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Earlier, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine gave a positive opinion on the draft law and confirmed its compliance with Articles 157 and 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine.

It should be noted that the Law proposes to make the following changes to the Constitution of Ukraine:

– Paragraph 5 of the preamble after the words «civil consent on land of Ukraine» should be supplemented with the words «and confirming the European identity of the Ukrainian people and the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine»;

– Paragraph 5 of part one of Article 85 shall be worded as follows: «determination of the internal principles and foreign policy, realization of the state strategic course for acquiring full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization»;

– to add article 102 to part three of the following sentence: «The President of Ukraine is the guarantor of the implementation of the state strategic course for acquiring full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization»;
– to add article 116 to item 11 of the following content: «ensure implementation of the state strategic course for acquiring full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization»;

– Paragraph 14 of Section XV «Transitional Provisions» is deleted.

The Verkhovna Rada has appointed and dismissed Ministers

The Verkhovna Rada appointed Oksana Markarova as Minister of Finance of Ukraine. Markarova fulfills the duties of the Minister from June 8, 2018. It should be noted that on June 7, the Verkhovna Rada dismissed Oleksandr Danyliuk from this position.

Also, deputies appointed Iryna Friz as the Minister of Ukraine for Veterans Affairs. Friz was the parliamentarian and led the Subcommittee on Security of State Information Systems of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense and the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

In addition, the Verkhovna Rada has accepted the resignation of the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Kutovyy. He was appointed on April 14, 2016.

The Congress of Advocates of Ukraine will be held in February

The Congress of Advocates of Ukraine will take place in the second half of February 2019, stated The Bar Council of Ukraine’ Chairman Lidia Izovitova.

The rally should take place no later than February 27, 2019.

The Bar Council of Ukraine will meet in December. It will take all necessary organizational decisions to convene a congress and conferences of regions lawyers to elect delegates.

The Congress of Advocates is the supreme national body of advocacy self-government, which includes delegates elected by regional conferences of advocates. The Congress of Advocates of Ukraine is convened by The Bar Council of Ukraine at least once every three years.

The Ministry of Justice has developed a new antiraider bill

The Ministry of Justice has developed a new antiraider bill. This was announced by Minister of Justice Pavel Petrenko.

The main innovation is depriving municipal enterprises of the right to make registration.

«Unfortunately, it has to be stated that it is on registrars of communal enterprises that receives 90% of complaints about violation of property rights of Ukrainians. Therefore, we decided to remove state and municipal enterprises from the list of registration subjects. Moreover, state enterprises will be able to conduct registration actions solely on the basis of documents with electronic signature», the Minister of Justice emphasized.

Among the innovations is the introduction of mandatory refresher training for state registrars, the elimination of personnel shortages in state notary offices in remote regions of the country and the protection of ownership rights to a share in the authorized capital of a legal entity.

The President signed the Law on the import of cars from Europe

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Laws of Ukraine «On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine regarding the Taxation of Excise Taxes on Motor Vehicles» and «On Amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine and Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Importation of Vehicles into the Customs Territory of Ukraine».

«I signed the laws №8487 and №8488, which legalize imported cars with European numbers imported in violation of customs and tax legislation. All funds from this, from the first to the last hryvnia, will go to the Pension Fund», President wrote in his Twitter.

The first legislative act, in particular, introduces a new model of taxation of excise tax on motor vehicles. The second – increases fines for violating the rules of importing cars to Ukraine.

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