National Security Bill: Pros and Cons

On 14 March this year, the specialised committee of the Verkhovna Rada has considered the bill "On National Security" No.8068 dated 28.02.2018, and despite the summary conclusion of the Main Scientific-Expert Administration of the VRU dated 14.03.2018 ("it is recommended that the draft law be returned to the legislative initiative entity for further work") made a decision: to approve the draft law as a basis with further elaboration.

Remember that the draft law "On National Security" submitted to the parliament is a third "post-Maidan" attempt of the government to show its aptitude and ability to determine the legal foundation for security sector operation and reform not only in the changing circumstances of today, but for the future.

Analysing the National Security bill, one can argue that it is more appropriate and easier to rewrite it and submit for a broad discussion (which has been proposed three years ago), rather than engage in the unconstructive circle of making individual corrections and additions once again.

It would also not hurt to hold a repeat comprehensive inspection of the security sector using a special multi-profile independent commission (not an institution), as the last one was essentially disrupted leading to Ukraine wasting its time and resources for the fourth year in a row attempting to determine the principles and specific effective steps to guarantee national security.


Mykola Sunhurovskyi

Director, Military Programmes

Born in 1951 in Moscow.


Orenburg Higher Military Air Defence Forces School (1972);

Kyiv Air Defence Forces Academy (1982);

Higher School of Entrepreneurship, Kyiv Institute of National Economy (1991).

Ph. D. in Technical Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, the author of more than 90 publications.

Colonel (Ret.) with 31 years of military service, half of that term — at research institutions. Research profile — systems analysis, strategic planning, analysis methods, national security.


Most recent position in state bodies — Department Chief at the Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff;

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre Programme Co-ordinator;

Since February 2000 — Freelance Consultant to the National Security and Defence Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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