Ambassadors of the EU and US Criticised Poroshenko’s Draft Law on National Security

Translated by Ollie Richardson

20:50:49
16/03/2018

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The US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Hughes Mingarelli, the head of the EU Advisory mission in Ukraine Kęstutis Lančinskas, and the head of the NATO representative to Ukraine Aleksandr Vinnikov criticised the presidential law on national security. They reported about this in a letter addressed to Petro Poroshenko. This was posted on the Facebook page of the People’s Deputy from the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” Svetlana Zalishchuk.

In the document it is said that the bill “On National Security of Ukraine” doesn’t provide parliamentary control of the activity of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), which is one of the fundamental requirements for accession to NATO. The Presidential Administration and the SBU worked for 18 months with representatives of NATO and the EU on the document in this sphere, but eventually these obligations were completely ignored.

Also, in the letter the diplomats express their concern “in connection with the Supreme Commander-in-Chief’s HQ, which doesn’t conform to the standards and principles of NATO and may have significant negative implications for the principle of civilian control. Despite our requests, we haven’t received any information about the rationale for this HQ or its terms of reference”.

The diplomats separately speak about transparency in the defense sphere, which isn’t enough in the law as “transparency requires full disclosure of the appropriate information and data to the bodies exercising public and parliamentary oversight to ensure the efficient use of financial resources in the security and defence sector (excluding grave national secrets and descriptions of sensitive capabilities)”.

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