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22.05.2000 | O. Panchenko, Kyiv
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Ukraine is a law-abiding state by 4.6%


30 thousand normative-legal acts operate in Ukraine, and only 4.6% are laws. These figures were made public yesterday at the conference of the Legislation Institute of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine, dedicated to systematization of legal documents.

In fact, the country lives not by laws, but by various acts and instructions. All in all 1295 laws exist, but only 5 of them are the laws of the direct action (for example, the Constitution). Yet these laws are not executed. The main reason is the multi-year practice of muddling up the legislation, so that even the Constitution is not used as the law of direct action. Nowadays, after almost three years since the Constitution was adopted, no court decisions taken on the basis of the Constitution proper are known. Courts themselves suffer from the sublegal acts which often contradict each other or contradict the operating laws. For instance, no laws exist that regulate the principles of financing from the state budget or define the responsibility for incorrect expenditures of the budget financing. There are plenty . unlawful laws. at the top level: we mean decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers. There are also many non-Constitutional decrees of the guarantor of the Constitution. . The only way out is the adoption of laws of direct action. , Viktor Medvedchuk, the deputy speaker of the Supreme Rada, told pressmen of the newspaper . Day

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