At present, a search is underway for a legal mechanism that would allow the remote work of the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada to be established, Vasily Mokan, representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Verkhovna Rada, said in a commentary to the GORDON publication.
“Today, on the conciliation council, certain developments on supporting business for the period of quarantine events were announced [нардепы от “Слуги народа” – глава парламентского комитета по вопросам финансов, налоговой и таможенной политики Даниил] Getmantsev and [глава комитета Верховной Рады по вопросам социальной политики и защиты прав ветеранов Галина] Tretyakova. There is an understanding that quarantine restrictions cause economic losses both for the state as a whole (meaning budget filling) and for business, and it is necessary to somehow help to cope with these losses. Certain ideas have already been voiced, but I’m not yet ready to say exactly what measures will be taken. The bill is being prepared right now. The relevant ministries with deputy committees are now in a constant direct dialogue on this topic. Consideration of this bill is already on the agenda, but whether it will be ready by then is a question. And since the government does not have a completely filled economic block, it is difficult to say whether the proposed support measures will be exhaustive, “Mokan noted.
He emphasized that quarantine affects the productivity of the government and parliament.
“Now, regarding the activities of the authorities during quarantine restrictions. The Cabinet’s decision has an exception: if the situation is of national importance, the Cabinet of Ministers and BP may meet in meetings. But tomorrow it’s planned to make a change to the schedule and by April 3 the deputies will leave for working in committees and not plenary meetings. But this does not mean that the possibility of holding extraordinary meetings is excluded. Such meetings can be convened in three ways: as today, by decision of the conciliation committee, on the initiative of the president or 150 deputies with a specific agenda. Tomorrow there are six issues on the agenda, including measures of economic support. If we do not have time to consider this issue tomorrow, it will be postponed to the next extraordinary meeting, which I am sure will take place equally or later, because for this there is an urgent need, “- said the people’s deputy.
According to him, the Constitution prohibits MPs from voting online.
“On Wednesday, a government meeting is planned. [Вице-премьер-министр и министр цифровой трансформации Михаил] Fedorov took the initiative to transfer meetings online. However, how this will happen is still unknown. Such an opportunity is being considered for the Cabinet. As for the Verkhovna Rada, there is a problem – the Constitution does not allow MPs to vote online. A search is underway for a legal mechanism on how to set up telecommuting in BP so that it does not contradict the Constitution, but also does not require meetings in BP. So far, it looks like we don’t have such a mechanism, “Mokan summed up.
In Ukraine, as of March 16, five cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed (four of them in the Chernivtsi region), one of the cases, a 71-year-old resident of the Zhytomyr region, died. Six more Ukrainians are being treated with COVID-19 abroad.
Since March 12 in Ukraine due to the spread of coronavirus infection quarantined: mass events were banned in the country (with more than 200 participants) and educational institutions were closed. Restrictive measures will last three weeks – until April 3. In addition, on the night of March 16, Ukraine completely banned entry to the territory of the country to foreign citizens, and from March 17 will stop air traffic with other countries.
In the Chernivtsi region, Odessa, Lviv, Kiev and Nikolaev, local authorities announced the introduction of restrictive measures. They, in particular, involve the closure of all public institutions, except for grocery stores and pharmacies.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to WHO data, on March 15, 153,517 people were infected with coronavirus in more than 140 countries, 5,735 people died.
Most of the cases, 80,860 people, are residents of China. In this country, 3213 people died of coronavirus. In recent weeks, a decrease in the number of cases has been recorded in China. So, over the last day in this country 16 new cases of infection were detected, and in other countries – 10 955.