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Presidential administration said sabotages law on civil service

AP aims to strengthen presidential powers.

Presidential administration said sabotages law on civil service
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The presidential administration actively opposes some provisions of the civil service law, the head of the Center for Political and Legal Reforms Ihor Koliushko said in an interview with LB.ua.

"The Presidential Administration actively sabotages some provisions of the law on civil service. Today, a bill was submitted to the Rada that aims to change the procedure of selection of candidates for the post of heads of municipal administrations. According to the Constitution, they are appointed by the President based on recommendations of the Cabinet of Ministers, i.e. the Cabinet selects candidates and offer them for President," says Koliushko.

"The law provides that they, as civil servants are selected on a competitive basis. Instead, the proposes legal changes allow the AP to carry out the selection of candidates. The selected candidates will then be sent to the Cabinet for it to formally submit it to the President. This is a clear violation of the Constitution."

"Furthermore, this bill allows the President to assign higher ranks to civil servants. What's it to do with the President?" says Koliushko, who believes that the novelties only aim to strengthen the powers of the President..

The law on civil service was adopted in December 2015. In particular, it provides for:

· Job competitions for all civil service positions;

· Division of political posts and civil service posts. The law brings a civil service of politicians - that is, MPs and ministers, as well as their assistants, advisers, press secretaries, maintenance personnel;

· Sets the list of reasons for the dismissal of an official and an explicit ban and for the highest category of civil servants to be members of political parties;

· Increases the size of salaries to officials along with the simultaneous reduction of premiums and additional payments in the wage structure of civil servants;

· Introduces three job categories, instead of the currently existing 7:

"A" - the supreme body of public service,

"B" - heads of structural divisions and

"C" - the rest of civil servants;

· Introduces posts of state secretaries in ministries.

The law came into force on 1 May, 2016.