MPs in no hurry to work – or work together


According to a monitoring report from the civic network OPORA, six MPs have thus far missed all parliamentary committee meetings.  Nor can it be said that the committee meetings have provided an opportunity for constructive dialogue, or at least not that this opportunity has been taken.

Two committees are named as fairly active: the committees on State construction and local self-government; on science and education; and to a lesser degree in the committee on automated systems and information technology. In the committees on socially important issues there is effectively no discussion. 

The information is taken from meetings of the minutes. The following committees illegally conceal their meeting minutes: the committee on the budget; committee on Regulations; MP ethics and providing for the Verkhovna Rada’s work.

The most active factions are VO Svoboda; the least – the ruling Party of the Regions.

Truancy, at least in its most extreme form, did not show factional trends.  The six MPs who did not turn up once were Ihor Palytsa, officially not affiliated to a faction; Pavlo Baloha (now deprived of his mandate, though not for truancy); Konstantin Zhevago from the Party of the Regions; Yury Ivanyyushenko and Vitaly Kovaluchuk from UDAR and the leader of the Communists Petro Symonenko. 

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