Ukrainian MPs decide not to abolish requirement of legal education for public prosecutor

Дата: 11 May 2016
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Ukrainian Parliament failed to pass the bill that changed some aspects of functioning of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.

The authors of the bill proposed to eliminate the requirement of mandatory law degree and ten-year employment history in the field of law for the candidates for the post of Prosecutor General of Ukraine, BBC Ukraine reports.

If the law had been enacted, the President would have had an opportunity to submit to the Parliament the candidacy of Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction chairman Yuriy Lutsenko, whom experts and politicians called one of the most likely candidates for the post of Prosecutor General.

The opposition claimed that the bill was being considered with regulation violations.

After an unsuccessful vote on the document in the first reading and two attempts to resume its consideration, Speaker Andriy Parubiy closed the Parliament’s meeting.

March 29, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved dismissal of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

Under the effective law, the Prosecutor General shall be appointed and dismissed from his post by the President of Ukraine with approval of the Verkhovna Rada.

After the lawmakers voiced the initiative to change the requirements for the Prosecutor General, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said that the Prosecutor General should have work history and law degree.

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