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Rada Adopts Amendments To Constitution To Enshrine EU And NATO Membership Aspirations

Rada Adopts Amendments To Constitution To Enshrine EU And NATO Membership Aspirations

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the second reading of the bill 9037 that enshrines in the Constitution the authorities of the Parliament, President and the Government to implement country's strategic course to acquisition of the membership of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as withdraws from the Basic Law the term that currently allows foreign states to lease military bases in the territory of Ukraine.

With 300 votes required, 334 lawmakers voted for law No.9037 submitted by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to introduce amendments to the Constitution, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

In particular, Law No.9037 introduces amendments to the preamble of the Constitution to enshrine the European identity of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine's aspirations to become a member of the European Union and NATO.

The law also introduces amendments in the body of the Constitution to provide the powers of the parliament, the head of the state, and the government on implementation of the strategy of the country on obtaining full membership of the EU and NATO.

Article 17 of the Constitution of Ukraine bans deployment of foreign military bases in the territory of the country.

However, part 14 of the transitional provisions of the Constitution allowed temporary use of existing military bases in the territory of Ukraine on the terms of lease in compliance with international agreements of Ukraine ratified by the parliament.

The law removes part 14 of the transitional provisions from the Constitution.

The law will take effect on the day following the date of publication.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on January 29, 2019, during the forum entitled "From Kruty to Brussels. We are going our way", where President Poroshenko announced his decision to run for president for the second time, he said Ukraine will submit an application for membership of the European Union in 2024. He also said Ukraine will obtain and will begin to implement the NATO Membership Action Plan.

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