Poroshenko called the early adoption of the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Michael Palinketi in Photobacterium of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoPoroshenko called the early adoption of the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Michael Palinketi the image Bank

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko hopes that the amendments to the Constitution of the country, which will strengthen the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the Ukrainian people, will be adopted in the near future, the press service of the President on Saturday after his performances in the Kherson region.

Earlier, the Parliament of Ukraine has sent a presidential bill on amendments to the Constitution for examination in the constitutional court (CC).

«A few weeks ago, the Ukrainian Parliament supported the President’s proposals on changes to the Constitution regarding enshrining a European and Euro-Atlantic choice of the Ukrainian people. Three hundred and twenty-one votes for. More than a constitutional majority is a strong guarantee that in the near future, these changes to the Constitution will be adopted», — said the President.

«I think that now, when the fate of the bill in your hands (of the constitutional court. — Approx. ed.), we will also be able to do anything to soon, we had the opportunity to consider in the first reading in the Verkhovna Rada the constitutional changes and the next session for adoption as a whole», — said Poroshenko on Monday at a special plenary session of the constitutional court of Ukraine.

Poroshenko asked the Parliament to amend the preamble, several articles and transitory provisions that «will fix the choice of Ukraine and its place as a member of the European family», as well as Ukraine’s course on integration into NATO and that these courses in the policy to be followed by the President, Cabinet and Parliament.

The amendments to the basic law requires a long special procedure. To do this, first Rada sends bill on amendments to the basic law in the constitutional court, which provides an opinion on the constitutionality of such changes, then, in the case of a positive conclusion of the COP, the Council may adopt a bill in the first reading, which requires a minimum of 226 votes. Then the Parliament in the next session of not less than 300 votes to accept the law as a whole.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2014, amended the two laws, abandoning non-aligned status of the state. In June 2016 were adopted additional changes that define membership in NATO objective of the foreign policy of the country. Ukraine also needs to 2020 to ensure full compatibility of its Armed forces with those of NATO countries. Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said that joining the Alliance Ukraine will need to meet some criteria, the implementation of which will take a lot of time. Experts believe that Kiev will not be able to apply for membership in NATO in the next 20 years.

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