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Legal news in Ukraine: results of the presidential elections were published, Law on Social Services came into force, fines for using symbols of National Police and late payment of public services, meeting of the Anti-Corruption Court’s judges

05.05.2019 / 13:06

Legal news in Ukraine: results of the presidential elections were published, Law on Social Services came into force, fines for using symbols of National Police and late payment of public services, meeting of the Anti-Corruption Court’s judges

The results of the presidential elections were published in the «Voice of Ukraine»

On May 3, 2019, the newspaper «Golos Ukrayiny» published a message from the Central Election Commission on the results of the presidential elections on March 31, 2019.

As noted in the message, 30105004 voters were included in voter lists at polling stations. Of these, 18491837 voters voted.

On April 21, 2019, 13 541 528 voters (73.22%) voted for Volodymyr Zelenskyy, while for Petro Poroshenko – 4 522 450 (24.45%).

«Thus, according to the results of the second vote on April 21, 2019 at the presidential election of Ukraine on March 31, 2019, the elected President of Ukraine is a candidate for the presidency of Ukraine Zelenskyy, 1978, artistic director, Kvartal 95, lives in Kiev, non-partisan, subject of nomination – political party «Servant of the People», – the commission noted.

The Central Election Commission announced the official results of the next presidential elections in Ukraine on April 30, 2019.

The newly elected President takes office no later than 30 days after the official announcement of the election results.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine may appoint the inauguration of the President in plenary week on May 14-17.

For illegal use of the National Police’s symbols Ukrainians will be fined

On May 2, 2019, the first section of the Law of Ukraine «On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine regarding the Use of Names and Attributes of the National Police of Ukraine» came into force.

It stipulates that the illegal use of the signs of belonging to the National Police of Ukraine or the illegal use of the name of the police on the vehicle, entails imposing a fine from 1 thousand to 2 thousand non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens (34 000 UAH).

If the violation is committed by officials, legal entities, individuals, entrepreneurs, as well as public associations (use of the name of the police on clothing, vehicles, buildings, documents), then they will be fined from 2 thousand to 3 thousand tax-free minimum incomes of citizens (51 000 UAH).

Repeated offense involves a fine for individuals – from 3 thousand to 4 thousand non-taxable minimum incomes (68 000 UAH), and for individuals-entrepreneurs, officials – from 4 thousand to 5 thousand non-taxable minimum incomes (85 000 UAH).

The Social Services Act entered into force

The Law of Ukraine «On Social Services» came into force on April 28, 2019. It defines the basic organizational and legal framework for the provision of social services aimed at prevention, overcoming difficult life circumstances and/or minimizing their consequences, to individuals/families who are in difficult life circumstances.

The law comes into force on the day following the day of its publication, and will begin to operate on January 1, 2020.

Basic social services are: home care, day care; maintained residence; social adaptation; social integration and reintegration; asylum; emergency (crisis) intervention counseling; social support;

representation of interests; mediation (social mediation); social prevention; in-kind assistance; physical support of persons with disabilities who have disorders of the musculoskeletal system and wheelchairs moving on the wheelchairs, visual impairment; translation of gestural speech; care and upbringing of children in conditions close to family; support during inclusive education; informing.

The law establishes the state standard of social services.

This Law applies to citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons who legally reside or are on the territory of Ukraine, including persons who are subject to the Law of Ukraine «On refugees and persons in need of additional or temporary protection» and belong to vulnerable groups of the population and/or are in difficult life circumstances.

The law defines the concept of «difficult life circumstances», which include circumstances that adversely affect the life, health and development of a person, the functioning of a family, a person/family cannot overcome on its own, as well as factors that can cause difficult life circumstances.

The penalty for untimely payment of utility bills came into force

On May 1, 2019, the norm on penalties for late payment of utilities of the Law of Ukraine «On Housing and Communal Services» came into force.

The law was approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on November 9, 2017. Initially, this norm was to be put into effect on January 1, 2019, but on June 7, 2018, people’s deputies withdrew it.

According to this norm, in case of untimely payment for housing and communal services, the consumer will pay a penalty. The amount of the fine will not be higher than 0.01 percent of the debt’s amount for each day of delay. The total amount of the paid penalty can not exceed 100 percent of the debt.

The penalty is calculated from the first working day following the last day of the maximum payment period.

At the same time, the penalty is not charged if the state has a debt for privileges and housing subsidies provided to the population, or if the consumer has an arrears of wages, confirmed properly.

The meeting of the Anti-Corruption Court’s judges will be held on May 7

A meeting of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court’s judges will be held on May 7, 2019.

Among the issues on the agenda is the election of the chairman and deputy chairman of the court and the investigating judges.

The meeting will also determine when the court begins to work.

Last year, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine transferred premises for the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court and the Appeals Chamber of the Supreme Arbitration Court from the sphere of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services management.

The court apparatus was temporarily headed by Olexiy Zhukov. The permanent chief of staff will be chosen with the participation of international observers.

On April 11, 2019 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed the judges of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court. 38 judges were appointed for the vacant 39 positions in the court: 11 judges of the Appeals Chamber and 27 judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court.

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