President Volodymyr Zelenskyy quickly and decisively prevented Ukraine from losing its visa-free regime with the European Union following the Constitutional Court's decision to repeal a number of anticorruption legislation provisions. Now it is the turn of the Verkhovna Rada. This was stated by Deputy Head of the Office of the President Ihor Zhovkva during the program "We ask questions here" on Radio NV.
He said that immediately after the Constitutional Court's decision of October 27, there were many calls and messages from Ukraine's Western partners that were perplexed by this decision.
"Partners could have expected all sorts of strange decisions from the Constitutional Court, but obviously not such and not of such a scale," Ihor Zhovkva said.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President stressed that the issue of the visa-free regime was settled due to the fact that the President convened an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on the same day and submitted a draft resolution to the Verkhovna Rada. Also following the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, the government decided to restore public access to electronic declarations.
"Today I can say that we have lifted such a hot phase of tension, in particular with the issue of the visa-free regime. This is confirmed by many of our partners," Ihor Zhovkva said.
He stressed that the Head of State did everything in his power, and now it is the turn of the people's deputies.
"Laws are not passed by the President, but by the Parliament. Relevant bills are now in the Parliament. The President submitted his bill. Conducted consultations with partners. He held a phone conversation with Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission that will provide its legal expertise," the Deputy Head of the Office of the President said.
Ihor Zhovkva noted that MPs, together with experts from the Venice Commission and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, are currently elaborating the best way out of the situation in which the country found itself after the decision of the CCU.