OPPOSITION BLOC will not vote for the draft budget for 2018, because it does not take into account the requirements of increasing social standards, and the document itself contains colossal corruption risks, violates the Constitution of Ukraine and is not aimed at providing social protection and support for people. MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Natalia Korolevska said this during a briefing in parliament.
"We got acquainted with the draft budget prepared for the second reading, and experienced a real shock. Firstly, it violates the Constitution of Ukraine, in particular, its Article 95 – this will certainly be an occasion to appeal to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine with a demand to recognize this budget as unconstitutional. Secondly, according to the results of 2017, in the treasury of the country remains 7.1 billion hryvna of unspent funds. Instead of sending this money to pay off debts on loans, the government is going to redistribute them in a manual mode – this not only contradicts the Constitution and the Budget Code, but also generates huge corruption risks that most of this money will be simply stolen," Natalia Korolevska said.
According to her, in the draft budget, the government includes inflation at 9%, which indicates that the Cabinet will simply print the missing 36 billion hryvna. At the same time, the budget still does not provide for any additional penny to increase social standards.
"The government gives all this money to MP – this is a hidden bribe for their votes, for a draft budget in which billions of public funds that belong to people are going to spend on far from top-priority needs. But in this barrel of tar from the government we managed to defend a couple of spoonfuls of honey – an increase in subventions for education and healthcare, as well as financing of housing and utilities benefits for privileged categories of citizens from the state budget, rather than local budgets, as the government intended to do. However, given that our basic requirements to increase the subsistence level to 3200 hryvna, the minimum wage to 5000 hryvna, and the minimum pension to 3500 hryvna are not met, we will not vote for this budget. Ukraine needs a socially oriented budget that will protect people, lay the foundation for the development of the economy and the reconstruction of the country, and will contribute to the establishment of peace in Ukraine," Natalia Korolevska noted.