During the 9th session of the VIII convocation of the Verkhovna Rada (from September 4, 2018 to January 18, 2019), MPs from the OPPOSITION BLOC faction registered three submissions to the Constitutional Court on recognition of laws and resolutions adopted by the parliament.
Since November last year, the Constitutional Court has been considering the submission of non-compliance of the Constitution of Ukraine with the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine No. 2589-VIII of October, 4, 2018. It concerns the decision of the authorities on the application of personal economic and other restrictive sanctions, which was adopted in violation of the constitutional voting procedure.
On the submission of MPs from the OPPOSITION BLOC, made by Vadym Novynskyi and Oleksandr Dolzhenkov, the Constitutional Court issued a negative decision on March 7 of this year about the transfer of Tomos on the autocephalous Orthodox Church to Ukraine (resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine №2410-VIII). According to Vadym Novynskyi, the resolution violates the right of citizens to freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution and is a direct interference of the state in church affairs.
The third constitutional submission concerns the law on the violent renaming of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (No. 2662-VIII of December, 12, 2018), and no decision has been taken by the Constitutional Court. MPs from the OPPOSITION BLOC believe that the provisions of the law are the direct intervention of the state in church affairs. In addition, the constitutional rights of citizens to freedom of world view and religion are violated.
During the 9th session of the VIII convocation of the Verkhovna Rada, the Constitutional Court issued two more decisions on the constitutional submissions of the OPPOSITION BLOC. The Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the Law No. 76-VIII of December 28, 2014, which eliminated or partially limited a number of social benefits and guarantees for war veterans and combatants. Thus, the opposition returned the social protection to the defenders of the Fatherland – the participants in the hostilities, once again providing benefits to them and their families.
Unfortunately, the Constitutional Court refused MPs from the OPPOSITION BLOC in recognition of the unconstitutional law on the reduction of financial assistance to families at birth (№1166-VII 27.03.2014), restricting families in the social rights of parents to help with the birth of their first child and to an increased amount – at the birth of the next children.