President Volodymyr Zelenskyy submits a draft law on the Great State Emblem of Ukraine to the Verkhovna Rada as an urgent one and asks the people’s deputies to consider it out of turn. The Head of State said this during a speech at a solemn meeting of the parliament on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Constitution of Ukraine.
“On June 28, 1996, the emergence of the Constitution of Ukraine marked a number of other important things. The Ukrainian language received the status of the only state language, and the hryvnia received the status of the national currency. The state symbols were fixed at the highest legislative level: the blue-yellow flag, the trident and the anthem,” the President said.
However, he noted, there is still one question unresolved in these 25 years: the only state symbol, which is directly envisaged by the Constitution and which still does not exist, is the Great Emblem of Ukraine.
“Over the years, there have been many different competitions, disputes, quarrels, opinions and different visions. This is normal, this is democracy. I think that in the year of the 30th anniversary of independence and the 25th anniversary of the Constitution, we need to finally put an end to this issue. Therefore, in accordance with Article 93 of the Constitution of Ukraine, I submit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a draft law on the Great State Emblem of Ukraine and define it as urgent for extraordinary consideration by the Verkhovna Rada,” the President noted.
According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the first President of Ukraine Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk will report on the bill during its consideration at the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
“I want to thank all the deputies. I know that representatives of many factions are involved in this process. It is very important,” the Head of State emphasized.
The President also said that as a result of the agreements between Ukraine and Sweden, the National Archives of Sweden handed over to Ukraine three copies of the Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk, which is called the first written Constitution of Europe.
“One was exhibited in the lobby of the Verkhovna Rada in the morning. The second will be located in the President's Office. The third will be located in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. After updating and rebooting the Court,” the President informed.
In addition, according to him, the original Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk will be brought to Ukraine on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of independence.
“Together with the mace of Hetman Pylyp Orlyk and Hetman Ivan Mazepa, everyone will be able to see it in St. Sophia Cathedral,” the President said.