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Ukraine: Pensions for Emigrants

(Nov. 9, 2009) On October 9, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine announced its decision to recognize selected provisions of articles 49 and 51 of the Law on Mandatory Retirement Insurance, articles that establish that citizens of Ukraine may continue to receive their retirement benefits abroad only if the country of their residence had signed […]

Ukraine: Gambling Banned Nationwide

(June 30, 2009) On June 23, 2009, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine signed a law that prohibits gambling in the country. On June 11, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) had overridden a presidential veto of the Law on Prohibition of Gambling Business and Participation in Games of Chance in Ukraine. Earlier, on May 7, 2009, the […]

Ukraine: New and Varied Fees for Car Owners

(Mar. 6, 2009) On February 24, 2009, the Government of Ukraine passed a regulation to establish new amounts for car registration and state car inspection fees. The fees will be differentiated based on the age of the car and the size of its engine. As of July 2009, when the regulation enters into force, the […]

Romania; Ukraine; United Nations: Decision on Black Sea Boundaries

(Feb. 12, 2009) The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nation's highest court, issued a unanimous ruling on February 3, 2009, marking the sea border between Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea. Public hearings in the case had been held in September 2008. (Case Concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. […]

Ukraine: Simplified Impeachment Procedures

(Feb. 3, 2009) On January 15, 2009, the Ukrainian legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, adopted the Law on Special Temporary Investigative Commissions, which simplifies the procedure for the legislative body to impeach the President. Previously, the impeachment procedure could be initiated on the basis of a petition signed by three-quarters of the parliamentarians. The new Law […]

Ukraine: New Procedure to Amend Constitution

(May 2, 2008) On April 18, 2008, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled that the nation's Constitution can be amended following the results of a national referendum. This ruling was issued in response to the request submitted to the Court by the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, for a ruling on the possibility of changing […]

Ukraine: New Law on Land Market

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 4, 2008, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine adopted the Law on the Land Market. The Law determines legal and economic principles for the organization and functioning of the land market and regulates the protection of the legal interests of the state and other entities in regard to the conditions […]

Ukraine: New Law on Government

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 10, 2007, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) adopted a new version of the Law on Government, agreed upon by all the political parties that are members of the governing coalition. The new Law is a compromise between the legislature and the President of Ukraine, and expands the statutory power of […]

Ukraine: New Terms of Office for Governors

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 10, 2007, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine amended the Law on Provincial and Local State Administrations, following the recommendation of the President of Ukraine to establish a five-year term of service for the heads of provincial and local executive authorities, whose position will not be political in the future […]

Ukraine: Wrong Interpretation of History Is a Crime

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 10, 2007, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine introduced amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine that were supported by the legislature. The new provisions added to the Criminal Code establish criminal responsibility for denying that the 1932-1933 famine was a genocide of the Ukrainian people and for denying the Holocaust […]