Billions of bonuses: The government has paid to MPs for a vote on the budget

Миллиарды бонусов: Чем власть рассчиталась с депутатами за голосование по бюджету

The Verkhovna Rada

Poroshenko insisted on the urgent adoption of the law on the www

On Tuesday morning, deputies were preparing for a long working day. On Monday at a meeting of BPP fraction one of the influential deputies, speaking about the prospects of adoption of the budget, has called the possible date of effective vote Tuesday.

“Just everything went well, try it on Tuesday”, the source says present at the meeting of the faction of the Pro-presidential political force. Besides, according to the the part of deputies was already purchased plane tickets. Holiday, New year, holidays.

However, on the morning of Tuesday the sides close to the speaker of the Parliament Andrei Parubiy, doubted the possibility to adopt the main budget of the country in one day.

“Until the budget is ready to vote, only “Block of Petro Poroshenko”, “popular front” as well as some independent” – say our interlocutors.

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Outside the Parliament, negotiations continued between the Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and groups “Vidrodzhennya” and “will of the people”. Not happy with the first version of the budget was the agricultural lobby of Parliament.

“Farmers were ready to literally make the fur fly,” say sources in the “Block of Petro Poroshenko” familiar with the details of the negotiations on the adoption of the budget.

However, the closer to the time of consideration of the budget, the less was doubting his decision.

Before voting for the budget Petro Poroshenko failed blitzkrieg on the adoption of the draft law on the High Council of justice, which his opponents call a mechanism to strengthen the influence of the President on the courts and proponents of the mechanism necessary for the implementation of judicial reform. According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the conversation took place in loud tones.

“Even Knyazevich (one of the supporters of the President, people’s Deputy Ruslan Kniazevych, – considered a risky vote for the bill the night because the negotiations were not conducted. However, the President insisted,” – say our interlocutors, adding that one of the reasons effective voting was the favorable situation in the session hall.

Who got “cakes” for voting

Then moved to Finance. The main getters of the votes for the budget were made by the President Petro Poroshenko and part of his entourage. Garant shortly before the vote, appeared in the Verkhovna Rada. The talks with him went the representatives of parliamentary factions.

Visit first-person had a positive impact on the mood in the session hall. The budget finally agreed for a vote, and the agrarian lobby, and the representatives of the faction of the Radical party and the group “will of the people” and “Renaissance”.

According to sources in the “Block of Petro Poroshenko”, the resultant vote was made possible, in particular, through the inclusion of rules on temporary subsidies to agricultural producers for the sum more than seven hundred million hryvnia, although originally the latter requested the amount of several billion hryvnia.

Group “Renaissance”, according to our information, has agreed to support the budget in exchange for a decrease in rates of rent for extraction of oil up to the level of 14-29%. The state budget, accordingly, expects lower revenue from rent payments.

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According to sources in the Verkhovna Rada, deputies from group “the will of the people” in return for a vote to receive a bonus for the district, as well as, among other things, was supported by the bill on the establishment of an export credit Agency.

Despite the initial move, their votes for the budget traditionally had, and the faction of the Radical party. According to sources in Parliament, in return, Oleg V. and the company, like last year, promised success for one of the sponsors of the party of a tender for the purchase of fire trucks. Also the main radical were able to lobby for funds to support farmers. In addition, Lyashko has promised to consider his interests in the timber industry.

However, the adoption of the budget in the night of Wednesday would not have been possible without the votes of the faction “Opposition bloc”. 29 representatives of this political force to give their vote for the government bill on amendments to the Tax code concerning improvement of the investment climate. Note that without a positive decision on this bill the adoption of the budget was impossible, because the indicators were already included in the main budget of the country.

According to deputies from the ruling coalition, instead the bill was amended, according to which the taxpayer is not required a detailed description of the controlled transactions that potentially simplifies the minimization of taxation.

In the end, about five in the morning after the report of the Minister of Finance and a brief discussion on scoreboard lit figure 274 – so much of people’s deputies supported the budget.

“Colleagues – it is a combined room, we gave an important and powerful result, we took responsibility for the life of the state. Next year we will win. Glory To Ukraine!” – said after the vote, the speaker of Parliament Andriy Parubiy.

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In Parliament the same opinion about the main financial document were divided. Thus, the proponents of the coalition noted that the budget continues the strategic development of Ukraine, as provided significant funds for road construction. For his part, the leader of the faction of the Radical party Oleg Lyashko explained the budget support the fact that most of the demands of the radicals were taken into account. Opponents of the main financial estimates have accused the government of excessive centralization.

And what’s with the numbers?

Compared with the first reading, the forecast for the macroeconomic indicators, as well as the dollar, according to Finance Minister Alexander danyluk has not changed. In this enhanced state support for the agricultural industry. Farmers can potentially expect additional almost 2 billion hryvnia.

This reduced the rental income on oil production and use of radio frequencies for a total amount of more than 2 billion hryvnia.

In addition, provides for cancellation of the fee for buying currency, which Treasury estimates will reduce revenues on a 260, 5 million hryvnia.

Also, among other things, is expected to increase spending in support of “Mystetskyi Arsenal”, the ensemble “Kyiv soloists” and in the official Bulletin of the President of 26 million.

In addition, the government intends to increase spending on scholarships by almost 2 billion UAH, while eliminating the budget program for payment of sisteminde for the same amount and to allocate 35 million hryvnia for resettlement of the Crimean Tatars.

The extra money allocated to the security forces. So the APU will get more than 300 million hryvnia more, and the National guard may be eligible for additional $ 90 million.

Igor Roman