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The results of the group on political issues (November 27)

Today, the political group has finally begun to discuss the necessary amendments to the law on Donbass special status of.

“At today's sitting, representatives of both parties of the conflict exchanged views on changing the existing law on Donbass special status, in particular, negotiators discussed the implementation of the Steinmeier’s formula to this law” - Natalia Nikonorova said.

We would like to note that the law on Donbass special status was adopted in 2014, but in fact it was not in force a single day. At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities extended the first formal article of this law in 2017 and 2018. Articles 2–9 of the law as a whole correspond to the notes of the Complex of measures, however, the text of the regulatory legal act needs to be amended taking into account the implementation of Steinmeier’s formula and implementing it into current Ukrainian legislation.

“However, it is too early to talk about any results. We believe that this activity can be implemented more efficiently in the form of written proposals in order to indicate in detail and clearly all available amendment proposals. At the same time, it is necessary to clearly understand that the guarantee of the law constitutionality is the consolidation of its provisions in the constitution as agreed by the parties” – DPR Plenipotentiary stressed.

She expressed hope that at the next meeting in Minsk a draft document will be considered and worked out, that will bring together the amendments proposed by the parties to the law on Donbass special status for their early approval.